François Rabelais Quotes

Languages exist by arbitrary institutions and conventions among peoples; words, as the dialecticians tell us, do not signify naturally, but at our pleasure.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 19, p. 409, Pleiade edition (1995).
Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 7, p. 372, Pleiade edition (1995). From Romans, 14: 5.
I've often heard it said, as the common proverb goes, that a fool can teach a wise man well.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 37, p. 468, Pleiade edition (1995).
When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 29, p. 444, Pleiade edition (1995). paraphrase of St. Paul's opinion on marriage.
I'd gladly do without a valet. I'm never so well treated as when I'm without a valet.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Fifth Book, ch. 17, p. 764, Pleiade edition (1995).
For he who can wait, everything comes in time.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Fourth Book, ch. 48, p. 650, Pleiade edition (1995).
And tough shit for money. Some day I'll have only too much: because I have a philosopher's stone that draws money from purses, like a magnet attracts iron.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Pantagruel, ch. 17, p. 277, Pleiade edition (1995).
Nature made the day for exercise, work and seeing to one's business; and ... it provides us with a candle, which is to say the bright and joyous light of the sun.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 15, p. 397, Pleiade edition (1995).
I build only living stones—men.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 6, p. 370, Pleiade edition (1995). Ironic allusion to 1 Peter 2:4-5.
In your presence, I swear by the Styx and the Acheron never more to wear glasses on my bonnet, nor a codpiece on my breeches, until, concerning my undertaking, I have heard the word of the Divine Bottle.
François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge to Pantagruel, in Third Book, ch. 47, p. 494, Pleiade edition (1995).