Desiderius Erasmus Quote
Source/Notes: Variant translation: "... and the good Part of speaking well, is to lie cleverly." - Colloquies (1518)
Source/Notes: 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
Source/Notes: 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"
Source/Notes: Letter to Godschalk, Moderator of the University of Louvain, 1520
Source/Notes: Literary and Educational Writings: Panegyricus and Philippum Austriaeducem. Moriae encomium. Dialogus Julius exclusus e coelis. Institutio principis christiani. Querela pacis (1986 edition)
“Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?”
Source/Notes: The Praise of Folly (1509)