Miles d'Illiers, Bishop of Chartres (1459-1493), was so
litigious, that when Louis XI. gave him a pension to clear off old
scores, and told him in future to live in peace and goodwill with his
neighbours, the bishop earnestly entreated the king to leave him some
three or four to keep his mind in good exercise. Similarly Panurge
entreated Pantagruel not to pay off all his debts, but to leave some
centimes at least, that he might not feel altogether a stranger to his
own self. (Rabelais: Pantagruel, iii. 5.) (See Lilburn.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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