Desiderius Erasmus

Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. In regione caecorum rex est luscus.
Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. -- Prayer To A Pregnant Woman
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
No one respects a talent that is concealed.
Our determination to imitiate Christ should be such that we have no time for other matters.
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
The pleasures which we most rarely experience give us the greatest delight.
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.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.
Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
You'll see certain Pythagorean whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.
[Only by] the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.

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