Wise, merry Folly laughs off the boozy behaviour of tanked-up gods, treating them like so many party-animal adolescents.

From Erasmus’ timeless classic of all-mocking irreverence, which puts Folly in the driving seat of human life and well-being. Without her, she argues, life wouldn’t be worth living.

‘As for what the well-lubricated gods get up to after their party, things so foolish that even I sometimes can’t help laughing at them – those I hesitate to mention’.

Source: Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536), Praise of Folly, trans. Roger Clarke (Richmond: Oneworld Classics, 2008 (1511)), p. 21


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