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 his personal convenience, a dedicated voluptuary, a hater of learning, freedom and truth, without a thought for the interests of his country, and measuring everything in terms of his own profit and desires.

Desiderius Erasmus royalty

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

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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 men would think. Wherefore, it is wisdom for subjects not only to keep their princes' laws and ordinances in the face of the world but also privily ... for conscience sake.

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

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

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