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Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting
by Desiderius Erasmus

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting
that it can only be misery to live in folly,
illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Prevention is better than cure.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Time takes away the grief of men.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Women, can't live with them, can't live without them.
- Desiderius Erasmus

 

The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too,
if I'm not mistaken, and I'll never lack priests to
serve it as long as there are men.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to
antiquity its due reverence.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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Fools are without number.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a
pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature,
whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.
- Desiderius Erasmus

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen,
you don't do it, and it won't happen.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance;
but revelry is the same flower,
when rank and running to seed.
- Desiderius Erasmus

No one respects a talent that is concealed.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Man is to man either a god or a wolf.
- Desiderius Erasmus

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Whether a party can have much success without a woman
present I must ask others to decide,
but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
- Desiderius Erasmus

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Fortune favors the audacious.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
- Desiderius Erasmus

He who allows oppression shares the crime.
- Desiderius Erasmus

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
- Desiderius Erasmus

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty
name and a legacy from paganism.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Humility is truth.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Your library is your paradise.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is,
the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The desire to write grows with writing.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Don't give your advice before you are called upon.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Luther was guilty of two great crimes -
he struck the Pope in his crown,
and the monks in their belly.
- Desiderius Erasmus

There are some people who live in a dream world,
and there are some who face reality;
and then there are those who turn one into the other.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible
to falsehood than to truth.
- Desiderius Erasmus

A nail is driven out by another nail.
Habit is overcome by habit.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it,
to fear and suspect the worst.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Concealed talent brings no reputation.
- Desiderius Erasmus

In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens,
that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is
willing to be what he is.
- Desiderius Erasmus

When I get a little money I buy books;
and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
- Desiderius Erasmus

War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.
- Desiderius Erasmus

To know nothing is the happiest life.
- Desiderius Erasmus

By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him,
but you will not rid men's minds of him.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth,
pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
- Desiderius Erasmus

A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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?
- Desiderius Erasmus

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?
- Desiderius Erasmus

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.
A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is
called insane because this happens to very few people.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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.
- Desiderius Erasmus

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is the bridge between acceptance and faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

Make Today count. Today - each Today -
is the most important day of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
- Anonymous

Stay in the moment and all gifts are added
as you breathe and take inspired action.
- Joe Vitale

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho


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