Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus

Dutch humanist and philosopher

Lived from: 1469-1536

Category: Philosophers

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    A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
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    Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. [Prayer To A Pregnant Woman]
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    It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
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    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.
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    By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
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    Concealed talent brings no reputation.
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    Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
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    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?
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    Fools are without number.
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    Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
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    Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
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    Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
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    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.
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    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.
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    It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
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