Erasmus

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    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 (c. 1466–1536)

    Nothing is so foolish, they say, as for a man to stand for office and woo the crowd to win its vote, buy its support with presents, court the applause of all those fools and feel self-satisfied when they cry their approval, and then in his hour of triumph to be carried round like an effigy for the public to stare at, and end up cast in bronze to stand in the market place.
    —Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536)

    The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
    —Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536)