Significant Quotes:

  • "A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit."

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

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.'

  • "Humility is truth."


Major Works:

  • Enchiridion Militis Christiani (published 1503)
  • On the Education of Children (written 1506-1509)
  • Praise of Folly (Paris, published 1511)
  • Julius Excluded from Heaven (written 1513-1514)
  • Institutis Principia Christiani (Basel, 1516)
  • Erasmus's New Testament (published 1516)
  • The Complaint of Peace (Louvain, published 1517)
  • The Antibarbarians (published 1520)
  • The first part of Hyperaspistes (published 1526)
  • The second part of Hyperaspistes (published 1527)
  • Small Catechism (published 1529)
  • On Repairing the Unity of the Church (published 1533)