Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.

— Sir Thomas Browne

The most sublime Sir Thomas Browne quotes that will inspire your inner self

Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.

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Death is the cure for all diseases.

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Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.

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Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.

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

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Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death.

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As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.

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Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.

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It is we that are blind, not fortune.

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There is no road or ready way to virtue.

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Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.

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Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.

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About Sir Thomas Browne

Quotes 34 sayings
Birthday October 16

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

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Festination may prove Precipitation;Deliberating delay may be wise cunctation.

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Life is pure flame.

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I have often admired the mystical way of Pythagoras, and the secret magic of numbers.

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Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.

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We term sleep a death by which we may be literally said to die daily;

in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.

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It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.

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Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.

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

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He who discommendeth others obliquely commendeth himself.

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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 where ever there is a harmony, order, or proportion: and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.

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I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition.

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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.

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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.

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Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.

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There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.

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

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

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

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Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature;

they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God.

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It is we that are blind, not fortune;

because our eye is too dim to discern the mystery of her effects, we foolishly paint her blind, and hoodwink the providence of the Almighty.

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