The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.

— Desiderius Erasmus

The most seductive Desiderius Erasmus quotes that will inspire your inner self

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.


Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.


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


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


Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance;

but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.


Read first the best books. The important thing for you is not how much you know, but the quality of what you know.


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


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


They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.


Besides, it happens (how, I cannot tell) that an idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation.


Picture the prince, such as most of them are today: a man ignorant of the law, well-nigh an enemy to his people's advantage, while intent on his personal convenience, a dedicated voluptuary, a hater of learning, freedom and truth, without a thought for the interests of his country, and measuring everything in terms of his own profit and desires.


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.


About Desiderius Erasmus

Quotes 123 sayings
Nationality Dutch
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

No Man is wise at all Times, or is without his blind Side.


The majority of the common people loathe war and pray for peace;

only a handful of individuals, whose evil joys depend on general misery, desire war.


Your library is your paradise.


The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth


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


Prevention is better than cure.


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?


He who allows oppression shares the crime.


No one respects a talent that is concealed.


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


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


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


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


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


Jupiter, not wanting man's life to be wholly gloomy and grim, has bestowed far more passion than reason --you could reckon the ration as twenty-four to one. Moreover, he confined reason to a cramped corner of the head and left all the rest of the body to the passions.


The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly


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


At last concluded that no creature was more miserable than man, for that all other creatures are content with those bounds that nature set them, only man endeavors to exceed them.


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


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


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.


Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. Prayer To A Pregnant Woman


Time takes away the grief of men.


Fools are without number.


Ask a wise man to dinner and he'll upset everyone by his gloomy silence or tiresome questions. Invite him to a dance and you'll have a camel prancing about. Haul him off to a public entertainment and his face will be enough to spoil the people's entertainment.


They may attack me with an army of six hundred syllogisms;

and if I do not recant, they will proclaim me a heretic.


Eagles don't catch flies.


Fortune favours the audacious.


[N]o party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.


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


Concealed talent brings no reputation.


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


By identifying the new learning with heresy, you make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.


The desire to write grows with writing.


Frugality is a handsome income.


You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay;

it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.


You'll see certain Pythagorean whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.