The best Quotations


A nail is driven out by another nail. habit is overcome by habit.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. [prayer to a pregnant woman]
- Desiderius Erasmus

Ask a wise man to dinner and he'll upset everyone by his gloomy silence or tiresome questions. invite him to a dance and you'll have a camel prancing about. haul him off to a public entertainment and his face will be enough to spoil the people's entertainment.
- Desiderius Erasmus

By a carpenter mankind was made, and only by that carpenter can mankind be remade.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Concealed talent brings no reputation.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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?
- Desiderius Erasmus

Fools are without number.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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.
- Desiderius Erasmus

If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Jupiter, not wanting man's life to be wholly gloomy and grim, has bestowed far more passion than reason - you could reckon the ration as twenty-four to one. moreover, he confined reason to a cramped corner of the head and left all the rest of the body to the passions.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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

Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Prevention is better than cure.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too, if i'm not mistaken, and i'll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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


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Quotation There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. - writer
Quotation The truth is, most of us believe in trying to make other people happy, only if they can be happy in ways which we can approve. - writer
Quotation Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools. - writer
Quotation If I am anything, which I highly doubt, I have made myself so by hard work. - writer
Quotation Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. - writer