It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.— Thomas Browne
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Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.
Light is but the shadow of God.
I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that we were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition; it is the foolishest act a wise man commits in all his life.
All the wonders you seek are within yourself.
What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, though puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.
There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read may read our natures.
All the wonders you seek are within yourself.
There is musick, even in the beauty and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument.
We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.
To ruminate upon evils, to make critical notes upon injuries, and be too acute in their apprehensions, is to add unto our own tortures, to feather the arrows of our enemies, to lash ourselves with the scorpions of our foes, and to resolve to sleep no more.
By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also.
Rich with the spoils of nature.
I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Archilles; Fortune hath not one place to hit me.
There is no man alone, because every man is a Microcosm, and carries the whole world about him.
Life is a pure flame and we live by an invisible sun within us.
Think before you act; think twice before you speak.
Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
To extend our memories by monuments, whose death we daily pray for, and whose duration we cannot hope, without injury to our expectations in the advent of the last day, were a contradiction to our belief.
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude.
We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
Be thou what thou singly art and personate only thyself.
Swim smoothly in the stream of thy nature and live but one man.
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.
There is nothing strictly immortal, but immortality.
Whatever hath no beginning may be confident of no end.
Yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
The heart of man is the place the devil dwells in; I feel sometimes a hell within myself.
There is no royal road or ready way to virtue.
Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.
Women do most delight in revenge.
There is a rabble among the gentry as well as the commonalty;
a sort of plebeian heads whose fancy moves with the same wheel as these men?in the same level with mechanics, though their fortunes do sometimes gild their infirmities and their purses compound for their follies.
Were the happiness of the next world is as closely apprehended as the felicities of this, it were a martyrdom to live.
I have loved my friends as I do virtue, my soul, my God.
The created World is but a small Parenthesis in Eternity.
How shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves?
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plan religion.
Many-have too rashly charged the troops of error, and remain as trophies unto the enemies of truth.
Quotation mistakes, inadvertency, expedition, and human lapses, may make not only moles but warts in learned authors.
Since women do most delight in revenge, it may seem but feminine manhood to be vindictive.
Festination may prove Precipitation; Deliberating delay may be wise cunctation.
I had rather stand the shock of a basilisk than the fury of a merciless pen.
No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer.
Natura nihil agit frustra [Nature does nothing in vain] is the only indisputible axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unncecessary spaces.
Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world.
All things began in Order, so shall they end, and so shall they begin again, according to the Ordainer of Order, and the mystical mathematicks of the City of Heaven.
Think not thy time short in this world, since the world itself is not long.
The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity, and a short interposition, for a time, between such a state of duration as was before it and may be after it.
The severe schools shall never laugh me out of the philosophy of Hermes, that this visible world is but a picture of the invisible, wherein as in a portrait, things are not truly, but in equivocal shapes, and as they counterfeit some real substance in that invisible fabric.
Gold once out of the earth is no more due unto it;
what was unreasonably committed to the ground, is reasonably resumed from it; let monuments and rich fabricks, not riches, adorn men's ashes.
Be Charitable before wealth make thee covetous, and loose not the glory of the Mite.