Desiderius Erasmus

(1466-1536 / Rotterdam)

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

  • ''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 (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Praise of Folly, ch. 46 (1509).
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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 (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Praise of Folly, ch. 32 (1509).
  • ''Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.''
    Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Praise of Folly, ch. 45 (1509).
  • ''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 (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Praise of Folly, ch. 24 (1509).
  • ''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 (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Praise of Folly, ch. 13 (1509).
  • ''It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldst have it, to fear and suspect the worst.''
    Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Proverbs or Adages of Erasmus, fol. 32 (1545).
  • ''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 (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. The Goddess of Folly, in Praise of Folly, ch. 47 (1509).
  • ''It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.''
    Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Works of Hilary, preface (Jan. 5, 1523).

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