Quotes by Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus

Dutch humanist and philosopher

Alive from: 1469-1536

Category: Philosophers | CountryChina

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    It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
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    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.
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    Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
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    Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.
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    No one respects a talent that is concealed.
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    Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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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.
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    Prevention is better than cure.
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    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.
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    The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
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    The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
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    The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Time takes away the grief of men.
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