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20 Famous Quotes by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Oh, dense intelligence. I suspect that it was Batavian (i.e. from the Netherlands-Batavia.) [Lat., O crassum ingenium. Suspicor fuisse Batavum.]

Countries Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Naufragium

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The camel set out to get him horns and was shorn of his ears. [Lat., Camelus desiderans cornua etiam aures perdidit.]

Failure Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Adagia--Chil (III, cent. V, 8, heading)

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Submit or resign. [Lat., Se soumettre ou se demettre.]

Choice Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Letter to Pirkheimer

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Of two evils choose the least. [Lat., E duobus malis minimum eligendum.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Adages

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. [Lat., In regione caecorum rex est luscus.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Adagia (III, IV, 96)

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An angelic boyhood becomes a Satanic old age. [Lat., Angelicus juvenis senibus satanizat in annis.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Fam. Coll., quoted as a proverb invented by Satan

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He touches nothing but he adds a charm.

Proverbs Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Fam. Coll., quoted as a proverb invented by Satan

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It is the worst of madness to learn what has to be unlearnt. [Lat., Extremae est dementiae discere dediscenda.]

Learning Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: De Ratione Studii

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Of two evils choose the least. [Lat., E duobus malis minimum eligendum.]

Evil Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Adages

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(Julian would learn something) even if he had one foot in the grave. [Lat., Etsi alterum pedem in sepulchro haberem.]

Grave Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: quoting Pomponius, of Julian, original phrase one foot in the ferry boat, Charon's boat

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It is a good part of sagacity to have known the foolish desires of the crowd and their unreasonable notions. [Lat., Bona prudentiae pars est nosse stultas vulgi cupiditates, et absurdas opiniones.]

Public Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: De Utilitate Colloquiorum--Preface

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Classes and masses.

Public Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: De Utilitate Colloquiorum--Preface

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Betwixt the devil and the deep sea.

Choice Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Adagia (ch. III, cent. VI, 94), quoted from the Greek

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Between the victim and the stone knife. [Lat., Inter sacrum et sazim.]

Choice Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Letter to Pirkheimer

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An angelic boyhood becomes a Satanic old age. [Lat., Angelicus juvenis senibus satanizat in annis.]

Youth Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Fam. Coll., quoted as a proverb invented by Satan

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I don't like your way of conditioning and contracting with the saints. Do this and I'll do that! Here's one for t'other. Save me and I'll give you a taper or go on a pilgrimage.

Worship Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: The Shipwreck

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We call a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff. [Lat., Ficum vocamus ficum, et scapham scapham.]

Names Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Colloquy--Philetymus et Pseudocheus

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A nail is driven out by another nail, habit is overcome by habit. [Lat., Clavus clavo pellitur, consuetudo consuetudine vincitur.]

Habit Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Diluculum

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We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we sow our characters, and we reap our destiny.

Habit Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Diluculum

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From hence, no question, has sprung an observation . . . confirmed now into a settled opinion, that some long experienced souls in the world, before their dislodging, arrive to the height of prophetic spirit.

Prophecy (prophesy) Quotes, by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus , Source: Praise of Folly, (old translation)

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