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Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

Desiderius Erasmus
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
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Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
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Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly.
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Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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People who use their erudition to write for a learned minority... don't seem to me favored by fortune but rather to be pitied for their continuous self-torture. They add, change, remove, lay aside, take up, rephrase, show to their friends, keep for nine years and are never satisfied. And their futile reward, a word of praise from a handful of people, they win at such a cost -- so many late nights, such loss of sleep, sweetest of all things, and so much sweat and anguish... their health deteriorates, their looks are destroyed, they suffer partial or total blindness, poverty, ill-will, denial of pleasure, premature old age and early death.
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#Scholars And Scholarship #Fortune

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When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
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#Quotes #Books And Reading

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What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
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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.
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#Life

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It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.
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Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin
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#Honor

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The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
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#Quotes #Age And Aging

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A man must hug, and dandle, and kistle, and play a hundred little tricks with his bed-fellow when he is disposed to make that use of her that nature designed her for
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#Bed

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Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
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#Quotes #Falsehood

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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
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#Quotes #Darkness

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They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.
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#Hunting #Dogs

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For them it's out-of-date and outmoded to perform miracles; teaching the people is too like hard work, interpreting the holy scriptures is for schoolmen and praying is a waste of time; to shed tears is weak and womanish, to be needy is degrading; to suffer defeat is a disgrace and hardly fitting for one who scarcely permits the greatest of kings to kiss the toes of his sacred feet; and finally, death is an unattractive prospect, and dying on a cross would be an ignominious end.
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#Pope #Hard Work

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Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
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Time takes away the grief of men.
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No one respects a talent that is concealed.
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Nothing is so foolish, they say, as for a man to stand for office and woo the crowd to win its vote, buy its support with presents, court the applause of all those fools and feel self-satisfied when they cry their approval, and then in his hour of triumph to be carried round like an effigy for the public to stare at, and end up cast in bronze to stand in the market place.
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#Politicians And Politics