"Oh, who will now be able to relate how Pantagruel behaved in face of these three hundred giants! Oh my muse, my Calliope, my Thalie, inspire me now, restore my spirits, because here is the ass's bridge of logic, here is the pitfall, here is the difficulty of being able to describe the horrible battle undertaken."
"He had killed and put to earth so many that his sword broke in two. At length he thought to himself that that was enough massacring and killing for one day, and that the rest should be allowed to escape in order to spread the news."
"According to true military art, one should never push one's enemy to the point of despair, because such a state multiplies his strength and increases his courage which had already been crushed and failing, and because there is no better remedy for the health of beaten and overwhelmed men than the absence of all hope."
"[Panurge] spent everything in a thousand little banquets and joyous feasts open to all comers, particularly jolly companions, young lasses, and delightful wenches, and in clearing his lands, burning the big logs to sell the ashes, taking money in advance, buying dear, selling cheap, and eating his wheat in the blade."
"Therefore, you will take note here my Drinkers, that the means of holding and maintaining a newly conquered country is not (as was the mistaken opinion of tyrannical minds--to their misery and dishonor) by pillaging, forcing, crushing with levies, ruining, mistreating and ruling with rods of steel: in brief, eating and devouring their peoples, such as Homer calls the evil king Demovore, which is to say eater of peoples."
"Because, according to the sage Solomon, wisdom does not enter into a soul that seeks after evil, and knowledge without conscience is the ruin of the soul, it behooves you to serve, love and fear God and to put all your thoughts and hope in him, and by faith founded in charity, be joined to him, such that you never be separated from him by sin."
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