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  1. The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
  2. Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
  3. A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
  4. By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
  5. Read first the best books. The important thing for you is not how much you know, but the quality of what you know.
  6. Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
  7. It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
  8. Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself. — Desiderius Erasmus

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A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

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

Desiderius Erasmus Short Quotes

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  • No Man is wise at all Times, or is without his blind Side.
  • Your library is your paradise.
  • The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth
  • Prevention is better than cure.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes On Humanism

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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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

A good prince will tax as lightly as possible those commodities which are used by the poorest members of society: grain, bread, beer, wine, clothing, and all other staples without which human life could not exist. — Desiderius Erasmus

Only by the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

The opinion formulated by the Church has more value in my eyes than human reasons, whatever they may be. — Desiderius Erasmus

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known. This was the sound conclusion of the Academic sceptics, who were the least surly of philosophers. — Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes On People

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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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes On Books

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

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

If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict. — Desiderius Erasmus

Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself. — Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself. — Desiderius Erasmus

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A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

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

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

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? — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. — Desiderius Erasmus

Time takes away the grief of men. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

They may attack me with an army of six hundred syllogisms; and if I do not recant, they will proclaim me a heretic. — Desiderius Erasmus

Fools are without number. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

Eagles don't catch flies. — Desiderius Erasmus

Fortune favours the audacious. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

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

Concealed talent brings no reputation. — Desiderius Erasmus

The desire to write grows with writing. — Desiderius Erasmus

Frugality is a handsome income. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

There is nothing I congratulate myself on more heartily than on never having joined a sect. — Desiderius Erasmus

So our student will flit like a busy bee through the entire garden of literature, light on every blossom, collect a little nectar from each, and carry it to his hive. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

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? — Desiderius Erasmus

Now what else is the whole life of mortals, but a sort of comedy in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each ones part until the manager walks them off the stage? — Desiderius Erasmus

This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

God has administered to us of the present age, a bitter draught and a harsh physician, on account of our abounding infirmities. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short-lived. — Desiderius Erasmus

Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

Be careful not to be the first to put your hands in the dish. What you cannot hold in your hands you must put on your plate. Also it is a great breach of etiquette when your fingers are dirty and greasy, to bring them to your mouth in order to lick them, or to clean them on your jacket. It would be more decent to use the tablecloth. — Desiderius Erasmus

People who use their erudition to write for a learned minority... don't seem to me favored by fortune but rather to be pitied for their continuous self-torture. They add, change, remove, lay aside, take up, rephrase, show to their friends, keep for nine years and are never satisfied. And their futile reward, a word of praise from a handful of people, they win at such a cost -- so many late nights, such loss of sleep, sweetest of all things, and so much sweat and anguish... their health deteriorates, their looks are destroyed, they suffer partial or total blindness, poverty, ill-will, denial of pleasure, premature old age and early death. — Desiderius Erasmus

Providence has decreed that those common acquisitions, money, gems, plate, noble mansions, and dominion, should be sometimes bestowed on the indolent and unworthy; but those things which constitute our true riches, and which are properly our own, must be procured by our own labor. — Desiderius Erasmus

It is folly alone that stays the fugue of Youth and beats off touring Old Age. — Desiderius Erasmus

In short, no association or alliance can be happy or stable without me. People can't long tolerate a ruler, nor can a master his servant, a maid her mistress, a teacher his pupil, a friend his friend nor a wife her husband, a landlord his tenant, a soldier his comrade nor a party-goer his companion, unless they sometimes have illusions about each other, make use of flattery, and have the sense to turn a blind eye and sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly. — Desiderius Erasmus

Christians would show sense if they dispatched these argumentative Scotists and pigheaded Ockhamists and undefeated Albertists along with the whole regiment of Sophists to fight the Turks and Saracens instead of sending those armies of dull-witted soldiers with whom they've long been carrying on war with no result. — Desiderius Erasmus

Nothing is so foolish, they say, as for a man to stand for office and woo the crowd to win its vote, buy its support with presents, court the applause of all those fools and feel self-satisfied when they cry their approval, and then in his hour of triumph to be carried round like an effigy for the public to stare at, and end up cast in bronze to stand in the market place. — Desiderius Erasmus

They are looking in utter darkness for that which has no existence whatsoever. — Desiderius Erasmus

The wedlocks of minds will be greater than that of bodies. — Desiderius Erasmus

...it is a sneaking piece of cowardice for authors to put feigned names to their works, as if, like bastards of their brain, they were afraid to own them. — Desiderius Erasmus

I am a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger. — Desiderius Erasmus

Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes. — Desiderius Erasmus

The Jewish usurers are fast-rooted even in the smallest villages, and if they lend five gulden they require a security of six times as much. They charge interest, upon interest, and upon this again interest, so that the poor man loses everything that he owns. — Desiderius Erasmus

There is no joy in possession without sharing. — Desiderius Erasmus

Do not put chewed bones back on plates. Instead, throw them on the floor for the dog. — Desiderius Erasmus

I put up with this church, in the hope that one day it will become better, just as it is constrained to put up with me in the hope that I will become better. — Desiderius Erasmus

Apothegms are in history, the same as pearls in the sand, or gold in the mine. — Desiderius Erasmus

Wherever you encounter truth, look upon it as Christianity. — Desiderius Erasmus

Scarcely is there any peace so unjust that it is better than even the fairest war. -Vix ulla tam iniqua pax, quin bello vel aequissimo sit potior — Desiderius Erasmus

From hence, no question, has sprung an observation ... confirmed now into a settled opinion, that some long experienced souls in the world, before their dislodging, arrive to the height of prophetic spirits. — Desiderius Erasmus

He who shuns the millstone, shuns the meal. — Desiderius Erasmus

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. — Desiderius Erasmus

Bidden or unbidden, God is present. — Desiderius Erasmus

Women, can't live with them, can't live without them. — Desiderius Erasmus

Given a choice between a folly and a sacrament, one should always choose the folly—because we know a sacrament will not bring us closer to god and there’s always the chance that a folly will. — Desiderius Erasmus

Of two evils choose the least. — Desiderius Erasmus

I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased to a neat copy full of faults. — Desiderius Erasmus

Before you sleep, read something that is exquisite, and worth remembering. — Desiderius Erasmus

War is delightful for those who don't know it — Desiderius Erasmus

Dulce bellum inexpertis. - War is lovely for those who know nothing about it. — Desiderius Erasmus

Sacred scripture is of course the basic authority for everything; yet I sometimes run across ancient sayings or pagan writings - even the poets - so purely and reverently and admirably expressed that I can't help believing the author's hearts were moved by some divine power. And perhaps the spirit of Christ is more widespread than we understand, and the company of the saints includes many not on our calendar. — Desiderius Erasmus

Invoked or not invoked, the god is present. — Desiderius Erasmus

War is sweet to those who haven't tasted it. Dulce bellum inexpertis. — Desiderius Erasmus

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

Only a very few can be learned, but all can be Christian, all can be devout, and – I shall boldly add – all can be theologians. — Desiderius Erasmus

Out of all those centuries the Greeks can count seven sages at the most, and if anyone looks at them more closely I swear he'll not find so much as a half-wise man or even a third of a wise man among them. — Desiderius Erasmus

'Tis an easier matter to raise the devil than to lay him. — Desiderius Erasmus

What passes out of one's mouth passes into a hundred ears. It is a great misfortune not to have sense enough to speak well. — Desiderius Erasmus

Our determination to imitiate Christ should be such that we have no time for other matters. — Desiderius Erasmus

I have turned my entire attention to Greek. The first thing I shall do, as soon as the money arrives, is to buy some Greek authors; after that, I shall buy clothes. — Desiderius Erasmus

Life Lessons by Desiderius Erasmus

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  1. Desiderius Erasmus taught that the pursuit of knowledge should be a lifelong endeavor, and that we should strive to understand the world around us.
  2. He also encouraged us to be tolerant and accepting of others, regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds.
  3. Finally, he believed that we should strive to be humble, and that we should always be open to learning from our mistakes.

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