Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

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

Do not get excited over the noise you have made.

Modern church music is so constructed that the congregation cannot hear one distinct word.

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

To know nothing is the happiest life.

Every definition is dangerous.

(Only by) the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.

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

It seems to me to be the best proof of an evangelical disposition, that persons are not angry when reproached, and have a Christian charity for those that ill deserve it.

The type of man devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children. I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind.