Quotes by Desiderius Erasmus

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known. This was the sound conclusion of the Academic sceptics , who wer ...

Desiderius Erasmus skepticism uncertainty

Kings have many ears and many eyes.... They have ears that listen a hundred miles from them; they have eyes that espy out more thi ngs than ...

Desiderius Erasmus spies

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

Desiderius Erasmus fame

Picture the prince, such as most of them are today: a man ignorant of the law, well-nigh an enemy to his people's advantage, while intent on ...

Desiderius Erasmus royalty

Jupiter, not wanting man's life to be wholly gloomy and grim, has bestowed far more passion than reason--you could reckon the rati on as twe ...

Desiderius Erasmus passion

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

Desiderius Erasmus theology

The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart thi s life, a ...

Desiderius Erasmus old age

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

Desiderius Erasmus doctors

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

Desiderius Erasmus genius

For them it's out-of-date and outmoded to perform miracles; teaching the people is too like hard work, interpreting the holy scrip tures is ...

Desiderius Erasmus pope the

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