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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Your library is your paradise.

Your library is your paradise.

Prevention is better than cure.

Prevention is better than cure.

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. ---->>>

He who allows oppression shares the crime. ---->>>

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade. ---->>>

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Man is to man either a god or a wolf. ---->>>

A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit. ---->>>

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

No one respects a talent that is concealed. ---->>>

Fools are without number. ---->>>

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

The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes. ---->>>

Women, can't live with them, can't live without them.

Women, can't live with them, can't live without them.

Fortune favors the audacious. ---->>>

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.

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

The desire to write grows with writing.

The desire to write grows with writing.

To know nothing is the happiest life. ---->>>

Humility is truth. ---->>>

Time takes away the grief of men.

Time takes away the grief of men.

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

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

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

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. ---->>>

In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king. ---->>>

Don't give your advice before you are called upon. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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.

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.

By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him, but you will not rid men's minds of him. ---->>>

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

War is sweet to those who have not experienced it. ---->>>

A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie. ---->>>

Concealed talent brings no reputation. ---->>>

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known. ---->>>

Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly. ---->>>

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Dutch
Born: October 26, 1466
Birthplace: Rotterdam or Gouda, Burgundian Netherlands
Die: July 12, 1536
Occupation: Philosopher
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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar and wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists" (wikipedia)