Painting of humanist and scholar Desiderius Erasmus.

Desiderius Erasmus

(1466 - 1536)

Desiderius Erasmus conceived of his best-known work, The Praise of Folly, while crossing the Alps from Italy to England, and composed it at the home of Thomas More. Erasmus’ dual-language, Greek/Latin edition of the New Testament was a primary source for William Tyndale’s 1525 translation of the texts, the first in English.

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c. 1506 | Italy


Desiderius Erasmus lets nature take its course.More

It is a greater advantage to be honestly educated than honorably born.

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1518

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

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1515

An ape will be an ape, though clad in purple.

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1511

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