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François Rabelais
(c. 1494 - 1553)

French priest and writer whose humorous, satirical book, Gargantua and Pantagruel about the exploits of a giant and his son by those names, gave us the word “gargantuan”. Having studied Latin and Greek, he was able to coin hundreds of new words in his books, used for amusing effect.

Science Quotes by François Rabelais (5 quotes)

Natura abhorret vacuum.
— François Rabelais
This is a maxim that goes back to the Aristotelian philosophers of ancient Greece. It is well-know in English as “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Expressed in Latin, the phrase appears, for example, in Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-64), book 1, chap. 5. Collected in Francois Rabelais, Thomas Urquhart (trans.) and Peter Le Motteux (trans.), Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1900), Vol. 1, 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Abhorrence (9)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Vacuum (39)

Science sans conscience n’est que le ruine de l’âme.
Knowledge without conscience is but the ruine of the soule.
— François Rabelais
In Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-64), book 2, chap. 8, trans. Thomas Urquhart and Peter Le Motteux (1934), Vol. 1, 204
Science quotes on:  |  Conscience (50)  |  Knowledge (1529)  |  Ruin (42)  |  Science (3879)  |  Soul (226)

By robbing Peter he paid Paul.
— François Rabelais
From the original French, in Gargantua et Pantagruel, Book 1, (1534) as translated by Thomas Urquhart, Master François Rabelais: Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds, and Sayings of Gargantua and His Son Pantagruel (1653, 1904), Vol 1, Book 1, Chap 11, 40.
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He … thought the moon was made of green cheese.
— François Rabelais
From the original French, in Gargantua et Pantagruel, Book 1, (1534) as translated by Thomas Urquhart, Master François Rabelais: Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds, and Sayings of Gargantua and His Son Pantagruel (1653, 1904), Vol 1, Book 1, Chap 11, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Cheese (9)  |  Green (63)  |  Moon (237)  |  Thought (953)

We have here other fish to fry.
— François Rabelais
From the original French, in Gargantua et Pantagruel, Book 5, as translated by Peter Anthony Motteaux, Master François Rabelais: Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds, and Sayings of Gargantua and His Son Pantagruel (1708, 1904), Vol 3, Book 5, Chap 12, 212.
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