Desiderius Erasmus Quotes (109 quotes)
In regione caecorum rex est luscus. - Adagia (III, IV, 96)
“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.”
As quoted in Words from the Wise : Over 6,000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said (2007) by Rosemarie Jarski, p. 312
“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.”
Erasmus on His Times: A Shortened Version of the 'Adages' of Erasmus (1967 edition), Cambridge University Press - ISBN: 9780521094139
“For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?”
The Praise of Folly (1511)
Variant: "One nail drives out another; and Custom is overcome by Custom" - From: "All the Familiar Colloquies of Desiderius Erasmus, of Roterdam, Concerning Men, Manners, and Things" (J.J. and P. Knapton, 1733), p. 476
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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.