Desiderius Erasmus Quotes (109 quotes)
In Latin: "In regione caecorum rex est luscus." - Adagia (first published 1500, with numerous expanded editions through 1536), Book III, Century IV, No. 96
“By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.”
Variant: "Mankind was shaped by an artisan — it is appropriate that it should be redeemed by an artisan." From: "Collected Works of Erasmus - Paraphrase on Mark" (University of Toronto Press, 1988), p. 75, Chapter 6, "Mark 6:1-2 / LB VII 200"
“By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him, but you will not rid men's minds of him.”
Letter to Godschalk, Moderator of the University of Louvain, 1520
“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.”
The Collected Works of Erasmus: Literary and educational writings (1974 edition)
Variant translation: "... and the good Part of speaking well, is to lie cleverly." - Colloquies (1518)
The Adages of Erasmus (2001 edition), University of Toronto Press - ISBN: 9780802048745
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsDesiderius Erasmus
Born: October 28, 1466
Died: July 12, 1536 (aged 69)
Bio: Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.