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Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

English physician and author

A man may be in as just possession of the truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

He who discommendeth others obliquely commendeth himself.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Christian Morals

Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living. All things fall under this name. The sun itself is but the dark simulacrum, and light but the shadow of God.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Cyrus' Garden

There is no road or ready way to virtue.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

The inequity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Urn Burial

Charity begins at home.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

Old families last not three oaks.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Urn Burial

All things began in order, so shall they end, and so shall they begin again; according to the ordainer of order and mystical mathematics of the city of heaven.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Cyrus' Garden

To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere Philosophy.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

Men have lost their reason in nothing so much as their religion, wherein stones and clouts make martyrs.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Urn Burial

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

Every man is his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Urn Burial

Light that makes things seen makes some things invisible. Were it not for darkness, and the shadow of the earth, the noblest part of creation had remained unseen, and the stars in heaven as invisible as on the fourth day, when they were created above the horizon with the sun, and there was not an eye to behold them.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or Enquiries Into Very Many Received Tenents and Commonly Presumed Truths

A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.

THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici

Time ... antiquates antiquities, and hath an art to make dust of all things.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or Enquiries Into Very Many Received Tenents

There is surely a piece of divinity in us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici


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