Desiderius Erasmus

(Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus)

Desiderius Erasmus
Desiderius Erasmus
  • Born: October 26, 1466
  • Died: July 12, 1536
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Profession: Philosopher









Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch Christian humanist who was the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance. Originally trained as a Catholic priest, Erasmus was an important figure in classical scholarship who wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists". Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament, which raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote On Free Will, In Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style, Julius Exclusus, and many other works.

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[Martin] Luther was guilty of two great crimes. He struck the Pope in his crown and the monks in their bellies. Religion & God
…in Europe, he is thought to be the best who is the richest. Public Relations & Image
A good prince will tax as lightly as possible those commodities which are used by the poorest members of society ... staples without which human life could not exist. Taxes
I never saw a hotter argument on so unexciting a subject. Literature, Writers & Writing
It is a good part of sagacity to have known the foolish desires of the crowd and their unreasonable notions. Public Opinion & Polling
Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth. Truth ;Human Nature
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. Power
The long war of words and writing ends in blows. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The main hope of a state lies in the proper education of its youth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. War & Peace
The prince should try to prevent too great an inequality of wealth .... prevent the wealth of the multitude from being hoarded by a few. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. War & Peace
War is sweet to those who have not experienced it. War & Peace
A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.
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.
By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him, but you will not rid men's minds of him.
Concealed talent brings no reputation.
Don't give your advice before you are called upon.
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
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?
Fools are without number.
Fortune favors the audacious.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself. Inspiration
Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
He who allows oppression shares the crime.
Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.
Humility is truth. Truth
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.
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. Hope
In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. Happiness & Unhappiness
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly.
Man is to man either a god or a wolf. Religion & God
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. Nature
No one respects a talent that is concealed.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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.
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. Nature
Prevention is better than cure.
Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
The desire to write grows with writing. Communication & Communications
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 more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
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. Life ;Time ;Death
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.
Time takes away the grief of men. Time ;Moving On
To know nothing is the happiest life. Life
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?
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
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. Success
Women, can't live with them, can't live without them. Women
Your library is your paradise. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training