Desiderius Erasmus Quotes (19 quotations)

1. Don't give your advice before you are called upon. - Desiderius Erasmus

2. He who allows oppression shares the crime. - Desiderius Erasmus

3. If a person were to try stripping the disguises from actors while they play a scene upon stage, showing to the audience their real looks and the faces they were born with, would not such a one spoil the whole play ? And would not the spectators think he deserved to be driven out of the theatre with brickbats, as a drunken disturber ?... Now what else is the whole life of mortals but a sort of comedy, in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each one his part, until the manager waves them off the stage ? Moreover, this manager frequently bids the same actor to go back in a different costume, so that he who has but lately played the king in scarlet now acts the flunkey in patched clothes. Thus all things are presented by shadows.' - Desiderius Erasmus

4. 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

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

6. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. [In regione caecorum rex est luscus.] - Desiderius Erasmus

7. It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. - Desiderius Erasmus

8. Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly. - Desiderius Erasmus

9. No one respects a talent that is concealed. - Desiderius Erasmus

10. Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed. - Desiderius Erasmus

11. The desire to write grows with writing. - Desiderius Erasmus

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

13. The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. - Desiderius Erasmus

14. The pleasures which we most rarely experience give us the greatest delight. - Desiderius Erasmus

15. 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. - Desiderius Erasmus

16. War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. - Desiderius Erasmus

17. War is delightful to those who have not experienced it. - Desiderius Erasmus

18. When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. - Desiderius Erasmus

19. Women, can't live with them, can't live without them. - Desiderius Erasmus

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