Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Desiderius Erasmus
In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.
Desiderius Erasmus (Adagia, 1508)
I am a lover of liberty. I will not and I cannot serve a party.
Desiderius Erasmus
I am a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger.
Desiderius Erasmus
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
Desiderius Erasmus (Adagia, 1508)
The chief element of happiness is this: to want to be what you are.
Desiderius Erasmus (The Praise of Folly, 1509)
For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?
Desiderius Erasmus (The Praise of Folly, 1509)
There is nothing I congratulate myself on more heartily than on never having joined a sect.
Desiderius Erasmus
You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay; it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.
Desiderius Erasmus (Letter to Christian Northoff, 1497)
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes. My luggage is my library. My home is where my books are.
Desiderius Erasmus
I have no patience with those who say that sexual excitement is shameful and that venereal stimuli have their origin not in nature, but in sin. Nothing is so far from the truth.
Desiderius Erasmus (In Praise of Marriage, 1519)
A constant element of enjoyment must be mingled with our studies, so that we think of learning as a game rather than a form of drudgery, for no activity can be continued for long if it does not to some extent afford pleasure to the participant.
Desiderius Erasmus (Letter to Christian Northoff, 1497)

Desiderius Erasmus Biography

Born: October 28, 1466
Died: July 12, 1536

Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch humanist, teacher and theologian. He is best known for being a proponent for humanism and for his criticism of religious intolerance.

Notable Works

Handbook of the Christian Soldier (1503)
The Praise of Folly (1509)
Education of a Christian Prince (1516)
Ciceronianus (1528)
Ecclesiastes (1536)

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