Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (October 27, 1466 – July 12, 1536), known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.
A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
All things obey money.
Concealed talent brings no reputation.
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
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?
For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?
Fools are without number.
Give light and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
He who allows oppression shares the crime.
I am a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger.
I am a lover of liberty. I will not and I cannot serve a party.
I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree.
In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.
It is the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldst have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
Many times what cannot be refuted by arguments can be parried by laughter.
Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another's.
No man is wise at all times, or is without his blind side.
Only busy saints and true villains forsake activities which give them pleasure. If you regard yourself as neither, enjoy the world as your own.
Prevention is better than cure.
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
The wedlock of minds will be greater than that of bodies.
There is nothing I congratulate myself on more heartily than on never having joined a sect.
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
When I get a little money, I buy books- if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay; it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.
Your library is your paradise.