Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) quotes
- A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.
- A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
- By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him, but you will not rid men's minds of him.
- Concealed talent brings no reputation.
- Don't give advice before you are called upon.
- Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
- Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
- Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
- He who allows oppresion shares the crime.
- If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.
- In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.
- Luther was guilty of two great crimes; he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly.
- Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.
- 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.
- Time takes away the grief of men.
- When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
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