Desiderius Erasmus
Rotterdam

Quotes

11 November 2014
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
11 November 2014
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
11 November 2014
The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
11 November 2014
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.

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