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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Erasmus (1466?–1536)
QUOTATION: [Only by] the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to DESIDERIUS ERASMUS by Senator J. William Fulbright, “In Need of a Consensus,” Penrose Memorial Lecture, delivered to the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 20, 1961.—Proceedings of the Society, August 1961, p. 352. Unverified.
SUBJECTS: Doing good