Famous quotes containing the word erasmus:

    You’ll see certain Pythagoreans whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.
    —Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536)

    It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldst have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
    —Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466–1536)

    If you look at history you’ll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.
    —Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536)