Quotes by Sir Thomas Browne

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Sir Thomas Browne, MD (October 19, 1605 October 19, 1682) was an English author of varied works that disclose his wide learning in diverse fields including medicine, religion, science and the esoteric.

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

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.
Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.
Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.
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.
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.
Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.
A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
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.
Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.
But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.
It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.
It is we that are blind, not fortune.
Death is the cure for all diseases.
We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.
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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