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To make proverbs of some Erasmus adages, try to replace “You’re” by “Don’t. ..” or “It’s unwise to” and similar, and see what you end up with. – TK. Erasmus, who contributed largely to the restoration of letters in Europe, bestowed no small portion of labour in collecting together, and explaining the proverbs. The Adages of Erasmus [William Barker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Erasmus was fascinated by proverbs and prepared a collection .

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Adages of Erasmus Quotes

Adagss had perhaps an eye to this adage, when he made Panurge take the advice of a fool on the subject of his marriage. Weaving of cobwebs, which persons are said to do, who waste their time and money erasmmus frivolous pursuits ; in procuring what will be of no use when obtained: Disputing about what is of no value, about goat’s wool, which can be turned to no profit, and half the disputes in the world are of as little importance; at the least, the subjects of them are rarely of half the value of the trouble and expense incurred in the contest.

Considering that he had plenty of examples to choose from, some of them uncomfortably close to home, this was brave and principled.

For as the soul doth rule the earthly mass, And all the service of the body frame, Rrasmus love of soul doth love of body pass, No less than purest gold surmounts the meanest brass. Multaz Regum Aures atque. You observe, Sir, says the man, that I begin with applying the first part to my own main- tenance, with the second I support my parents who nourished me, when I was incapable of supporting myself, and so pay my debt of gratitude; with the third I maintain my children, who may at some future time be called upon to return the like service to me ; this part therefore is laid out at interest ; the fourth is paid in taxes, which, though intended for the service of the king, is prin- cipally swallowed up by the collectors, and therefore may be said to be thrown away.

Demosthenes observing, that the judges before whom he was pleading, paid no attention to what he was saying, but were discoursing on matters that had no relation to the subject before them, said to them, “If you will lend your attention a little, I have now a addages to relate that will amuse you.

Death to the eagle

It may also be used in the way of admonishing any one to cease exerting himself in any course or busi- ness from which lie has already gained all the advantage it is likely to produce, or to change or dismiss an instructor from whom o he has learned all that he is capable of teach- ing. Came down, imagined by the Deity ; Oh! To such subjects, and to such as live in a state of constant alarm, fearing almost impossible accidents, the following is also applicable.


Such men are said, according to a familiar English proverb, ” to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths. This may be said of a parent who has left his children in the hands of rapacious guardians, who will fleece them of their property, not husband and preserve it: There appears to be a character in some individuals, implanted by nature itself, which neither precept nor ex- ample can alter.

The wolves have seen him ; or, which is more consonant to the English adage, ” He has seen a wolf,” and to the French, ” II a vu le le loup,” which was said of any one, who, bold and forward with his tongue, became suddenly- less talkative and intrusive.

The greatest clerks, or scholars, are not the wisest men ; that is, they have not the greatest share of that wisdom which is necessary for conducting their worldly concerns. As the furnace proveth the potter’s vessel, so doth trouble and vexation try men’s thoughts. We should believe that under every stone a scorpion may be lodged, which seems to be the sense of the adage ; and it is intended to admonish us in all business to act with deli- beration and caution, that we may not involve ourselves 87 ourselves in troubles and dangers; particularly we should set a guard over our tongues and not be too communicative, lest we should instruct others in any plans we may have formed for the advancement of our affairs, who may thence be enabled to become our rivals, and prevent the completion of our de- signs: Austin, ” he would understand, then, when he should be able to lave the sea dry,” or numerous other similar inquiries, which would be of little use if they could be discovered, but upon which many volumes have been written, neglecting, in the mean while, to inquire what might make men more quiet, contented, and happy ; or might tend to remove the misery and distress with which the world is overwhelmed.

Great difficulties or diseases are not ordinarily subdued, but by powerful remedies, which 37 which may not be applied, perhaps, without some degree of clanger. We often find great reluctance, and have much difficulty, in bringing ourselves to set about a business, but being once en- gaged in it, we usually then go on with plea- sure, feeling ourselves interested in carrying it on to its completion. We still refer to Pandora’s box because of Erasmus it was, strictly speaking, a jar ; and we call a spade a spade because he mistranslated the Latin scapha, which actually means a skiff.


Adages of Erasmus Quotes by Erasmus

This being contrary to the laws of hospitality. Though it is probable that by devouring my- riads of insects, which would have destroyed our 15 our fruit, they pay us abundantly for the sub- sistence afforded them. The Con- queror himself, as is well known, faad no male issue in the third generation. An ape is an ape, though dressed in the most splended apparel, or ” An ape is an ape, a varlet’s a varlet, Though they be clad in silk or scarlet.

Laws also, which by the great are easily evaded, 90 evaded, and which seem only made to entrap the poor, are, by common consent, called cob- web contrivances. To approve, to put in a white stone. Magis in Magis mutus quam Pisces.

Erasmus Proverbs and Adages – The Gold Scales

Beyond bow-shot, or the reach of darts. Too addages of looking into the future, you saw nothing of the disaster imme- diately threatening you.

If a strange dog, going along the street, claps his tail between his 1 legs, and runs away, every cur will snap at him ; but, if he turns upon them, and gives a counter snarl, they will let him go on without further molestation. He should have remem- bered that, ” He that meddleth with strife that doth not belong to him, is like one that taketh a mad dog by the ear. No one must expect to be perfect in any art, without incessant care and diligence; therefore, ” Nulla dies abeat, quin linea ducta supersit,” no day should be suffered to pass, without leav- ing some memorial of itself.

AMONG friends all things should be in com- mon. The adage also admonishes, that we should not make too frequent appli- cation for assistance, to persons of liberal dispositions, who have already done as much adagee was convenient, or proper, that ” we should not spur a willing horse. It should also, and will, it may be expected, acages our people of all ranks to have so much respect for them- selves and regard for the honour of their country, as to shew no slavish servility to.

From this danger he was rescued on the intercession of Waller, who pleaded for him, it is said, “in order that there might be one worse poet living than himself.

Erasmus, who contributed largely to the restoration of letters in Europe, bestowed no small portion of labour in collecting together, and explaining the proverbs which he found scattered in the early Greek and Roman writers.