The great European scholar Desiderius Erasmus was one of the most influential and powerful figures who lived during the Renaissance period. He was a renowned theologian, Catholic priest, teacher and social critic. Erasmus was known as a Renaissance humanist and is exalted for translating the ‘New Testament’ to Greek and Latin languages. His translation helped many writers who translated the bible for over 250 years from then. His thoughts and sayings will give you hope in times of distress. Although he advocated reformation within the ‘Roman Catholic Church’, he never questioned The Pope or The Church. His books like ‘On Free Will’, ‘The Praise of Folly’, ‘Handbook of a Christian Knight’, and ‘On Civility in Children’ earned him great fame. Desiderius Erasmus is considered to be one of the greatest literary figures and pioneer scholars. His thoughts, sayings and quotations motivated people to think about their actions towards a better life. Here are some of his inspiring quotes that do the same.
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.
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?
The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
Fools are without number.
Concealed talent brings no reputation.
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
Now what else is the whole life of mortals, but a sort of comedy in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each ones part until the manager walks them off the stage?
The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
And so when the whole man will be outside himself, and happy for no reason except that he is so outside himself, he will enjoy some of the ineffable share in the supreme good which draws everything into itself.