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Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

(1466-1536), Dutch Humanist

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

Category: Ability

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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?

Category: Babies

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

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Communism And Socialism

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

Category: Critics And Criticism

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

Category: Deception

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

Category: Doctors

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

Category: Enthusiasm

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.

Category: Evil

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

Category: Fame

Fools are without number.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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

Category: Genius