Erasmus Quotes

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One nail drives out another; habit is overcome by habit.


In a free state, tongues too should be free.

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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?

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Eagles don't catch flies.
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Many hands make light work.
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Prevention is better than cure.
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The chief happiness for a man is to be what he is.
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A clever cook can make ... good meat of a whetstone.


Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
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One nail drives out another; custom is overcome by custom.
The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
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It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
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When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
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We should treat them not as food but as condiments, not to sufficiency but for delight.


For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?


Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals.


An idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation.

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It will make far less impression on the mind if you say "Fleeting and brief is the life of man" than if you quote the proverb "Man is but a bubble."