In Praise of Folly (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – 1 Feb 2003
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Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), a Dutch humanist, Catholic priest, and scholar, was one of the most influential Renaissance figures. A professor of divinity and Greek, Erasmus wrote, taught, and travelled, meeting with Europe's foremost scholars. A prolific author, Erasmus wrote on both ecclesiastic and general human interest subjects. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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“Give me any instance then of a man as wise as you can fancy him possible to be, that has spent all his younger years in poring upon books, and trudging after learning, in the pursuit whereof he squanders away the pleasantest time of his life in watching, sweat, and fasting; and in his latter days he never tastes one mouthful of delight, but is always stingy, poor, dejected, melancholy, burthensome to himself, and unwelcome to others, pale, lean, thin-jawed, sickly, contracting by his sedentariness such hurtful distempers as bring him to an untimely death, like roses plucked before they shatter. Thus have you, the draught of a wise man’s happiness, more the object of a commiserating pity, than of an ambitioning envy.” (Kindle Locations 701-706).
Who knew there was so much to be said In Praise of Folly? Apparently there is.
In his panegyric of that name, Erasmus, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, and sometimes sounding somewhat like H. L. Mencken to my mind’s ear, says it all. He’s converted me. Bring on passion and frivolity. Stuff reason and wisdom.
Erasmus was a heretic’s heretic—as irascible a curmudgeon as they come. Gotta love ’im. But his writing can be more than a bit tedious to read. Long, long, extra long sentences. Counted 235 words in ONE sentence. I remember being scolded if my sentences went beyond twenty words.
Recommendation: Every student—scholastic or autodidact—should welcome exposure to Erasmus. I’m glad I finally got around to reading him.
“Farewell! live long, drink deep, be jolly, Ye most illustrious votaries of folly!” (Kindle Locations 1793-1794)
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It was translated in over 30 languages very quickly!
The book is superb: humor and witty sarcasms... It was written anonymously but the pope found out quickly who wrote it... and laughed.
The Erasmus (of Rotterdam) Biography written by Princeton Pr. Van Loon (of Rotterdam too) is the third I have read, and the very best so far. Read this book if high quality ... does not scare
This book title (Moriah is latin for folly) is a pun with Erasmus's good friend Thomas Moore in England.
Thomas Moore was beheaded on "his friend" king Henry the VIII of England wrath.
The good old time of the inquisition...
A book that, while not an easy read, will be a refreshing one.
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