Erasmus: the Scholar

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Jennings and Graham, 1907 - 249 pages

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Page 57 - small streams and turbid pools, while they have the clearest springs and rivers flowing with gold. I see it is the merest madness to touch with the little finger that principal part of theology which treats of divine mysteries without being furnished with the apparatus of Greek, when those who
Page 50 - My Greek studies are almost too much for my courage, while I have not the means of purchasing books or the help of a teacher. And while I am in all this trouble I have scarcely the wherewithal to sustain life; so much is our learning worth to us!
Page 70 - Where is the man whose heart is so narrowed by jealousy as not to have the highest praise for Valla, a man who, with so much energy, zeal, and labor, refuted the stupidities of the barbarians, saved half-buried letters from extinction, restored Italy to her ancient splendor of eloquence, and forced even the learned to express
Page 116 - of ancient Greek manuscripts, and annotated more than a thousand places, not without profit to theologians. I have begun a commentary on the Epistles of St. Paul, which I shall finish when I have published what I have already mentioned; for I have resolved to give up my life to sacred literature.
Page 134 - For the first time the laity were able to see side by side the Christianity which converted the world and the Christianity of the Church with a Borgia pope, cardinal princes, ecclesiastical courts, and a mythology of lies.
Page 41 - I am ready to swear that Epimenides came to life again in Scotus. What if you saw Erasmus sit gaping among those blessed Scotists, while Gryllard is lecturing from his lofty chair? If you observed his contracted brow, his staring eyes, his anxious face, you
Page 163 - was a blockheaded abbot in old times, but now nothing is more common. In old times princes and emperors were not less eminent for learning than for their governments. And, after all, it Is not so great a rarity as you think it. There are, both in Spain and
Page 94 - devoutly consecrated the Eucharist. And yet if asked about the terminus a quo and the terminus ad quern, concerning the mode in which the same body could be in diverse places; concerning the difference between the body of Christ in heaven, on the cross,
Page 37 - much better treated than those poor wretches in that college; and if I were king of Paris, the devil take me if I would not set it on fire, and burn both
Page 59 - learned everywhere and by all, are read by few, admired by fewer still, and understood by scarcely any. Good heavens! shall the names of Scotus, Albertus, and writers still less polished be shouted in all the schools and that

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