Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.

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When I get a little money I buy books, and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

Give light and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Humility is truth.

Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.

Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.

It is wisdom in prosperity when all is as thou wouldn't have it to fear and suspect the worst.

War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.

Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide but one thing is certain no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.

What difference is there do you think between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects provided they are content and don't know what they miss and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?

By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him but you will not rid men's minds of him.

Fools are without number.

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.

Reflection is a flower of the mind giving out wholesome fragrance, but revelry is the same flower when rank and running to seed.

Nature more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals especially in the more thoughtful men which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.

In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.

Women can't live with them can't live without them.

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.

The entire world is my temple and a very fine one too if I'm not mistaken and I'll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.

The desire to write grows with writing.

No one respects a talent that is concealed.

Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth pleasure or honor cannot exist without sin.

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.

The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood until the time comes for them to depart this life again like children neither tired of living nor aware of death.

To know nothing is the happiest life.

In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Fortune favors the audacious.

A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.

The more ignorant reckless and thoughtless a doctor is the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.

Man is to man either a god or a wolf.

Don't give your advice before you are called upon.

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen you don't do it and it won't happen.

Time takes away the grief of men.

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly illusion deception and ignorance but it isn't -it's human.

Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown and the monks in their belly.

By a Carpenter mankind was made and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.

It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens that is the Scriptures like tanners with a hide.

Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?

There are some people who live in a dream world and there are some who face reality, and then there are those who turn one into the other.

Prevention is better than cure.

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.

It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.

Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.

Your library is your paradise.

Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature whether sacred or profane out of which profit cannot be squeezed.

Concealed talent brings no reputation.

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