Erasmus: A Study of His Life, Ideals and Place in History

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Harper & Brothers, 1923 - Počet stran: 479

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Strana 423 - At length Erasmus, that great injured name, (The glory of the priesthood and the shame!) Stemmed the wild torrent of a barb'rous age, And drove those holy Vandals off the stage.
Strana 323 - In short, when I consider the question, whether there are such persons in the world as those we call witches, my mind is divided between the two opposite opinions, or rather (to speak my thoughts freely) I believe in general that there is, and has been such a thing as witchcraft; but at the same time can give no credit to any particular instance of it.
Strana 200 - Do we not see that noble cities are erected by the people ; that they are destroyed by princes? that the community grows rich by the industry of its citizens, is plundered by the rapacity of its princes ? that good laws are enacted by popular magistrates, and violated by these princes ; that the people love peace ; that princes excite war?
Strana 63 - When I hear my Colet, I seem to be listening to Plato himself. In Grocyn who does not marvel at such a perfect round of learning ? What can be more acute, profound, and delicate than the judgment of Linacre ? What has Nature ever created more gentle, more sweet, more happy than the genius of Thomas More ? I need not go through the list.
Strana 184 - I vehemently dissent from those who would not have private persons read the Holy Scriptures nor have them translated into the vulgar tongues, as though either Christ taught such difficult doctrines that they can only be understood by a few theologians, or the safety of the Christian religion lay in ignorance of it. I should like all women to read the Gospel and the Epistles of Paul. Would that they were translated into all languages so that not only Scotch and Irish, but Turks and Saracens might...
Strana 47 - ... divine mysteries, without being furnished with the apparatus of Greek, when those who have translated the sacred books have in their scrupulous interpretation so rendered the Greek phrases that not even that primary meaning which our theologians call ' literal ' can be perceived by those who are not Greek scholars.
Strana 200 - is the image of the king, for he is neither beautiful, nor musical, nor fit for food, but he is carnivorous, rapacious, a brigand, a destroyer, solitary, hated by all, a pest to all, who, though he can do more harm than anyone, wishes to do more harm than he can. ... In both ancient and modern history, and in any period comprising but a few centuries, hardly one or two princes are to be found whose signal folly did not inflict ruin on mankind. . . . We trust the rudder of a vessel, in which...
Strana 210 - I see that there has never been a great revelation of the Word of God unless He has first prepared the way by the rise and prosperity of languages and letters, as though they were John the Baptists...
Strana 122 - ... possible that the Godhead had appeared in any shape of an inanimate substance, how he should then have preached his gospel? or how have been nailed to the cross? whether if St. Peter had celebrated the eucharist...
Strana 127 - When Erasmus wrote his Folly, he begot a daughter like himself, for he turns, twists, and bites like an awl; but he, as a fool, has written true folly." One should bear in mind, however, that Erasmus could be serious when he chose. He contributed much to scholarship and to educational reform. He knew the value of ridicule and through his Praise of Folly he was able to reach thousands of well-educated men and women who became convinced of the need...

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