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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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;

Since not only judgments have their awards, but mercies their commissions, snatch not at every favour, nor think thyself passed by if they fall upon thy neighbour.

When I survey the occurrences of my life, and call into accounting the Finger of God, I can perceive nothing but an abyss and mass of mercies, either in general to mankind, or in particular to myself.

Futurity still shortens, and time present sucks in time to come.

Sleep is death’s younger brother, and so like him, that I never dare trust him without my prayers.

When industry builds upon nature, we may expect pyramids.

He honours God that imitates Him.

Sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is music wherever there is harmony, order and proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres; for those well-ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony.

When Nature fills the sails, the vessel goes smoothly on; and when judgment is the pilot, the insurance need not be high.

He who must needs have company must needs have sometimes bad company. Be able to be alone; lose not the advantage of solitude and the society of thyself; nor be only content but delight to be alone and single with Omnipotency. He who is thus prepared, the day is not uneasy, nor the night black unto him. Darkness may bound his eyes, not his imagination. In his bed he may lie, like Pompey and his sons, in all quarters of the earth; may speculate the universe, and enjoy the whole world in the hermitage of himself.

That which the sun doth not now see will be visible when the sun is out, and the stars are fallen from heaven.

Herostratus lives that burnt the temple of Diana; he is almost lost that built it.

The voice of prophecies is like that of whispering-places; they who are near hear nothing, those at the first extremity will know all.

I cannot tell by what logic we call a toad, a bear, or an elephant ugly; they being created in those outward shapes and figures which best express the actions of their inward forms.

The world is not an inn, but a hospital, and a place, not to live, but to die in.

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.

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