Quotes by Desiderius Erasmus

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Ask a wise man to dinner and he'll upset everyone by his gloomy silence or tiresome questions. Invite him to a dance and you'll have a camel prancing about. Haul him off to a public entertainment and his face will be enough to spoil the people's entertainment.
– Desiderius Erasmus
By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Concealed talent brings no reputation.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Don't give your advice before you are called upon.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
– Desiderius Erasmus
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?
– Desiderius Erasmus
Fools are without number.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
– Desiderius Erasmus
He who allows oppression shares the crime.
– Desiderius Erasmus
Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance.
– Desiderius Erasmus
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.
– Desiderius Erasmus
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.
– Desiderius Erasmus
If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.
– Desiderius Erasmus
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
– Desiderius Erasmus
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
– Desiderius Erasmus
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
– Desiderius Erasmus
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.
– Desiderius Erasmus