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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: Dutch
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Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.

Tags: Men, Mother, Nature

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.

Tags: Cannot, Nature, Whether

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

Tags: Advice, Give

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

Tags: Cannot, Great, Honor

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

Tags: Intellect, Pay, Reverence

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

Tags: Flower, Giving, Mind

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

Tags: Clearly, Human, Known

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

Tags: Far, Mind, Truth

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

Tags: Ignorant, Powerful, Reputation

War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.

Tags: Sweet, War

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?

Tags: Between, Difference, Real

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

Tags: Good, Knowing, Lie

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

Tags: Him, May, Men

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

Tags: Everybody, Old, Young

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

Tags: Fear, Wisdom, Worst

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

Tags: Accepted, Hide, Privilege

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

Tags: Crimes, Great, Guilty

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.

Tags: Fine, Lack, Men

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.

Tags: Peace, War

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

Tags: Delightful, Experience, War

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

Tags: Empty, Fame, Name

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.

Tags: Deception, Human, Ignorance

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.

Tags: Age, Life, Time
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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.

Tags: Fun, Success, Woman

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?

Tags: Age, Enemy, Help

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Tags: Darkness, Give, Light

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

Tags: Education, Food, Money

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.

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

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Women, can't live with them, can't live without them.

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No one respects a talent that is concealed.

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To know nothing is the happiest life.

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

Tags: Another, Habit, Overcome

He who allows oppression shares the crime.

Tags: Crime, Oppression, Shares

Concealed talent brings no reputation.

Tags: Brings, Reputation, Talent

Prevention is better than cure.

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The desire to write grows with writing.

Tags: Communication, Write, Writing

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

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

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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.

Tags: Happen, Hope, Thinking

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

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Your library is your paradise.

Tags: Education, Library, Paradise

Fortune favors the audacious.

Tags: Brainy, Favors, Fortune

Time takes away the grief of men.

Tags: Men, Sad, Time

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.

Tags: Doubt, Single, Wife

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

Tags: Another, Judgments, Men

Humility is truth.

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In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.

Tags: Blind, Country, King

Man is to man either a god or a wolf.

Tags: Either, God, Wolf

Fools are without number.

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