No matter what people commonly say about me (and I am not ignorant of how bad the name of Folly sounds even among the most foolish people), I am still the one—the only one, I may say—whose influence makes both gods and men glad.
I have no use for those so-called wise persons who say that it is absolutely stupid and insolent for a person to praise himself. Let them say it is foolish if they wish, but let them admit that it is proper; for what is more suitable than that Folly be the trumpeter of her own praises and “blow her own horn.”
Who can better describe me than I do myself. Besides, I do not think I am doing anything more shameless than that which many of our best citizens and scholars are continually doing.
Erasmus ~ The Praise of Folly