Erasmus, letter to Jan Šlechta (November 1, 1519; tr. R.A.B. Mynors):
It seems to me astonishing that nothing can be thought of so monstrous
that it finds no followers.
Illud mihi mirum videri solet, nihil excogitari posse tam prodigiosum, quin suos reperiat sectatores.
So great is the credulity of mortals, and such their
infinite fertility of ideas. I believe myself that if anyone arose now and taught
that religion required men and women to dance together naked in the
market-place, he would not lack followers and patrons for his way of
Adeo credulum est genus mortalium et tanta
est ingeniorum varietas.
Equidem opinor, si quis exoriatur nunc
qui doceat religiosum esse si viri nudi cum foeminis nudis saltent in
foro, non defore sectae suos discipulos ac patronos.
See the entry on Šlechta by J.K. Zeman in Contemporaries of Erasmus
, edd. Peter G. Bietenholz and Thomas B. Deutscher, Vol. 3 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987), pp. 259-261.