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Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

28 Desiderius Erasmus quotes:

"Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes."
"Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. [Prayer To A Pregnant Woman]"
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Prayer Quotes
"The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Reputation Quotes
"Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"No one respects a talent that is concealed."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"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."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"Fortune favors the audacious"
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Fortune Quotes
"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."
"Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin"
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Honor Quotes
"Ask a wise man to dinner and he'll upset everyone by his gloomy silence or tiresome questions. Invite him to a dance and you'll have a camel prancing about. Haul him off to a public entertainment and his face will be enough to spoil the people's entertainment."
"(Only by) the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train"
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Influence Quotes
"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"As an example of just how useless these philosophers are for any practice in life there is Socrates himself, the one and only wise man, according to the Delphic Oracle. Whenever he tried to do anything in public he had to break off amid general laughter. While he was philosophizing about clouds and ideas, measuring a flea's foot and marveling at a midge's humming, he learned nothing about the affairs of ordinary life."
"Jupiter, not wanting man's life to be wholly gloomy and grim, has bestowed far more passion than reason --you could reckon the ration as twenty-four to one. Moreover, he confined reason to a cramped corner of the head and left all the rest of the body to the passions."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Passion Quotes
"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Darkness Quotes
"Don't give your advice before you are called upon."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Advice Quotes
"Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Falsehood Quotes
"Women, can't live with them, can't live without them."
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"A man must hug, and dandle, and kistle, and play a hundred little tricks with his bed-fellow when he is disposed to make that use of her that nature designed her for"
Author: Erasmus Quotes Category: Bed Quotes

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