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Preface
Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;
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...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest with the qualities of a king: namely wisdom, a sense of justice, personal restraint, foresight, and concern for the public well-being.

NameDesiderius Erasmus
Life1466 - 1536
CountryHolland
CategoryWisdom
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Only stupid people have clear answers. Clear answers reveal folly. Intelligent people have always known how difficult it is to balance between the religious myths of Moses and the waterdrops of clearheaded Thales, between the idealism of Plato and the realism of Aristotle. Three solutions to this dilemma are well illustrated by three philosophers of the same age: Mirandola, born in 1463, Machiavelli in 1469, and Erasmus in 1465. You can pray. You can hate. And you can laugh! Mirandola chose to trust God's wisdom in man's God-like reason, praying it would moderate our bestial passions. Machiavelli saw only how, when the chips were down, bestial violence and smartness took over, leading to a viscous circle of hate. Erasmus Rotterdamus took the third position. He kept a high degree of idealism. His choice of rulers of kingdoms, here quoted, comes very close to Plato. At the same time, he came as close to Aristotle, and even to Machiavelli, in his analysis of how men really comport themselves. He couldn't stand, however, the ruthless cynicism of the Florentine. Instead he chose ridicule, a warm humorous presentation of the risible behavior of man. Erasmus made fun of the adrenalinomaniacal power-seekers, believing themselves to follow God-like reason. He unmasked reason to be a thin veil over their bestial passions. It is said that, in 1509, when staying with his friend Thomas More, the first serious Utopian, Erasmus wrote his satire on Moriae Encomium, Prais of Folly, in a week. He surely knew how dangerous it was not to kneel to the powerful. His friend More was beheaded
a few years later. Fools have a special gift, he says, "which is not to be despised. They're the only ones who speak frankly and tell the truth, and what is more praiseworthy than truth?" To soften his frankness, he adds, "witness Euripides famous line about me: 'for the fool speaks folly' ". He is harsh on businessmen and media. Of the former he says: "Most foolish of all, and the meanest, is the whole tribe of merchants, for they handle the meanest sort of business by the meanest methods, and although their lies, perjury, thefts, frauds and deceptions are everywhere to be found, they still reckon themselves a cut above everyone else simply because their fingers sport gold rings." Adding, about media: "there are plenty of sycophantic friars too, who will sing their praises and publicly address them as honorable, doubtless hoping that a morsel of these ill-gotten gains will come their way." Is that truth or folly? Or only folly to state the truth as clearly? Today, as well as 500 years ago? In sum, if you were sitting on the moon: "you'd think you saw a swarm of flies or gnats quarrelling amongst themselves, fighting, plotting, stealing, playing, making love, being born, growing old and dying. It's hard to believe how much trouble and tragedy this tiny little creature can stir up, short-lived as he is, for sometimes a brief war or an outbreak of plague can carry off and destroy many thousands at once." Erasmus lived in a happy age; the wars only carried off "many thousands"at once. In our time, he would have seen "many millions"! However difficult it may be to laugh at that, Erasmus' ridicule has one wonderful effect: tolerance. Prayers are often tied to exaggerated faith and lead to fanaticism. Hate leads inevitably to violence and murder. But ridicule leads only to mutual folly. And as fools, like me, don't know what they are doing, they must be tolerated!
 

 
 


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