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Desiderius Erasmus
October 26, 1466 - July 12, 1536
Category: Philosopher

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


War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.


Your library is your paradise.


War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.


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


There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.


He who allows oppression shares the crime.


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.


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


Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.


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


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.


What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?


A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.


Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.


The desire to write grows with writing.


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


In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.


Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.


To know nothing is the happiest life.


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