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The Praise of Folly is a book in Deus Ex: Invisible War. It is an excerpt from a Latin essay written by the humanist Desiderius Erasmus.


An oration, of feigned matter, spoken by Folly in her own person
by Erasmus

... And now, lest I may seem to have taken upon me the name of goddess without cause, you shall in the next place understand how far my deity extends, and what advantage by it I have brought both to gods and men. For, if it was not unwisely said by somebody, that this only is to be a god, to help men; and if they are deservedly enrolled among the gods that first brought in corn and wine and such other things as are for the common good of mankind, why am not I of right the alpha, or first, of all the gods? who being but one, yet bestow all things on all men. For... what is more sweet or more precious than life? And yet from whom can it more properly be said to come than from me?

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