Erasmus Quotes

Who is Erasmus?

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus was a Dutch philosopher and Catholic theologian crowned the "Prince of the Humanists".

Erasmus is considered one of the greatest scholars of the northern Renaissance.

Born October 28, 1466
Died July 12, 1536

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Best 21 Quotes by Erasmus

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Before you sleep, read something that is exquisite, and worth remembering.”

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

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

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“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”

“He who allows oppression shares the crime.”

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

“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?”

“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.”

“The chief element of happiness is this: to want to be what you are.”

“The desire to write grows with writing.”

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

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

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“Let some holy ambition invade our souls, so that, dissatisfied with mediocrity, we shall eagerly desire the highest things and shall toil with all our strength to obtain them, since we may if we wish.”

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

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.”

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

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

“Your library is your paradise.”

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