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Desiderius Erasmus Quotes


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No one is to be despaired of as long as he breathes. (While there is life there is hope.)
[Life]
 

No one respects a talent that is concealed.
 

Not even the gods can withstand necessity.
 

Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Of two evils choose the least.
[Evil]
 

Oh, dense intelligence. I suspect that it was Batavian
 

Oh, the incomparable contrivance of Nature, who has ordered all things in so even a method that wherever she has been less bountiful in her gifts, there she makes it up with a larger dose of self-love, which supplies the former deficits and makes all even.
 

Prevention is better than cure.
[Sickness]
 

Procrastination brings loss, delay danger.
 

Providence has decreed that those common acquisitions--money, gems, plate, noble mansions and dominion--should be sometimes bestowed on the indolent and unworthy; but those things which constitute our true riches, and which are properly our own, must be procured by our own labor.
 

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
[Reflection]
 

The camel set out to get him horns and was shorn of his ears.
 

The desire to write grows with writing.
 

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.
 

The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
 

The habit does not make the monk.
 

The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
 

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
 


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