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Desiderius Erasmus 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 a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.

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 your advice before you are called upon.

Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.

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?

Fools are without number.

Fortune favors the audacious.

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.

Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.

Humility is truth.

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.

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.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.