Monday, April 9, 2012

He lies where the rabble lays

The French writer Francois Rabelais (Gargantua and Pantagruel) died on this day in 1553. His last words have sometimes been recorded as:

"Bring down the curtain, the farce is played out."

And sometimes as:

"I am going to seek the great perhaps."

I like Rabelais' bequest to posterity:

"I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor."