Thomas Browne, fully Sir Thomas Browne

Browne, fully Sir Thomas Browne

English Author who wrote in diverse fields including Medicine, Religion, Science and the Esoteric

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It in the common wonder of all men among so many millions of faces there should be none alike.

The world, which took but six days to make, is like to take six thousand to make out.

It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live.

There is a rabble amongst the gentry as well as the commonalty; a sort of plebeian heads, whose fancy moves in the same wheel with the others,—men in the same level with mechanics, though their fortunes do somewhat gild their infirmities, and their purses compound for their follies.

Lead thine own captivity captive, and be Cæsar within thyself.

There is no darkness unto the conscience, which can see without light.

Light that makes things seen makes some things invisible.

There is no man alone, because every man is a Microcosm, and carries the whole world about him.

Many from the ignorance of these Maxims, and an inconsiderate zeal unto Truth, have too rashly charged the troops of error, and remain as Trophies unto the enemies of Truth: A man may be in as just possession of Truth as of a City, and

They do most by books who could do much without them; and he that chiefly owes himself unto himself is the substantial man.

Nature is not at variance with Art, nor Art with Nature, they both being servants of His Providence. Art is the perfection of Nature... Nature is the Art of God.

Think not thy own shadow longer than that of others.

A sick man’s sacrifice is but a lame oblation.

No man can judge another, because no man knows himself.

This I think charity—to love God for himself, and our neighbour for God.

And first Satan's endeavours have ever been, and they cease not yet to instill a belief in the minde of man, There is no God at all. . . . that the necessity of his entity dependeth upon ours, and is but a Politicall Chymera. . . . Where he succeeds not thus high, he labours to introduce a secondary and deductive Atheisme; that although, men concede there is a God, yet . . . that he intendeth only the care of the species or common natures, but letteth loose the guard of individuals, and single existencies therein: That he looks not below the Moon, but hath designed the regiment of sublunary affairs unto inferiour deputations. To promote which apprehensions or empuzzell their due conceptions, he casteth in the notions of fate, destiny, fortune, chance and necessity. . . . Whereby extinguishing in mindes the compensation of vertue and vice, the hope and fear of heaven or hell; they comply in their actions unto the drift of his delusions. . . .

No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another.

Tranquility is better than jollity, and to appease pain than to invent pleasure.

Every man acts truly so long as he acts his nature, or some way makes good the faculties in himself.

Nor will the sweetest delight of gardens afford much comfort in sleep; wherein the dullness of that sense shakes hands with delectable odours; and though in the bed of Cleopatra, can hardly with any delight raise up the ghost of a rose.

True fame is ever likened to our shade, he sooneth misseth her, that most (haste) hath made to overtake her; whoso takes his wing, regardless of her, she’ll be following; her true proprietie she thus discovers, loves her contemners, and contemns her lovers.

Every man’s own reason is his best Œdipus.

Rest not in an ovation, but in a triumph over thy passions.

We are somewhat more than ourselves in our sleep; and the slumber of the body seems to be but the waking of the soul. It is the ligation of sense, but the liberty of reason; and our waking conceptions do not match the fancies of our sleep.

Festination may prove Precipitation;

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English Author who wrote in diverse fields including Medicine, Religion, Science and the Esoteric