Desiderius Erasmus Quotes (135 quotes)
Variant translation: "... and the good Part of speaking well, is to lie cleverly." - Colloquies (1518)
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
“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
Literary and Educational Writings: Panegyricus and Philippum Austriaeducem. Moriae encomium. Dialogus Julius exclusus e coelis. Institutio principis christiani. Querela pacis (1986 edition)
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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.