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Desiderius Erasmus Quotes



    • Ad Graecas literas totum animum applicui; statimque, ut pecuniam accpero, Graecus primum autores, deinde vestes emam.
    • In regione caecorum rex est luscus.
    • For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?
    • This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind.
    • Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself.
    • Indeed, a constant element of enjoyment must be mingled with our studies, so that we think of learning as a game rather than a form of drudgery.
    • I have no patience with those who say that sexual excitement is shameful and that venereal stimuli have their origin not in nature, but in sin. Nothing is so far from the truth. As if marriage, whose function cannot be fulfilled without these incitements, did not rise above blame. In other living creatures, where do these incitements come from? From nature or from sin? From nature, of course. It must borne in mind that in the apetites of the body there is very little difference between man and other living creatures. Finally, we defile by our imagination what of its own nature is fair and holy. If we were willing to evaluate things not according to the opinion of the crowd, but according to nature itself, how is it less repulsive to eat, chew, digest, evacuate, and sleep after the fashion of dumb animals, than to enjoy lawful and permitted carnal relations?
    • Believe that you have it, and you have it!
    • Education is of far greater importance than heredity in forming character.
    • I am a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger.
    • I am a lover of liberty. I cannot and will not serve parties.
    • I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased to a neat copy full of faults.
    • It is the friendship of books that has made me perfectly happy.
    • The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
    • The rules of grammar are crabbed things to many persons... it is important early to instil a taste for the best things into the minds of children, and I cannot see that anything is learned with greater success than what is learned by playing, and this is, in truth, a very harmless kind of fraud, to trick a person into his own profit.
    • There is nothing I congratulate myself on more heartily than on never having joined a sect.
    • They say that the AntiChrist will be born of a monk and a nun. If so, there must already be thousands of AntiChrists.
    • To know nothing is the happiest life
    • Whenever you encounter truth, look upon it as Christianity.
    • Fortune favors the audacious.
    • Dulce bellum inexpertis.
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