Sir Thomas Browne Quotes

This reasonable moderator, and equal piece of justice, Death.

Sir Thomas Browne

And 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, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres

Sir Thomas Browne

Art is the perfection of nature.

Sir Thomas Browne

By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also.

Sir Thomas Browne

Where we desire to be informed 'tis good to contest with men above ourselves; but to confirm and establish our opinions, 'tis best to argue with judgments below our own, that the frequent spoils and victories over their reasons may settle in ourselves an esteem and confirmed opinion of our own.

Sir Thomas Browne

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

Sir Thomas Browne

The heart of man is the place the devil dwells in; I feel sometimes a hell dwells within myself.

Sir Thomas Browne

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

Sir Thomas Browne

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.

Sir Thomas Browne

The heart of man is the place the devil dwells in; I feel sometimes a hell within myself.

Sir Thomas Browne

Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant Religion.

Sir Thomas Browne

I could never divide myself from any man upon the difference of an opinion, or be angry with his judgement for not agreeing with me in that, from which perhaps within a few days I should dissent myself.

Sir Thomas Browne

Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.

Sir Thomas Browne

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

Sir Thomas Browne

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

Sir Thomas Browne

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

Sir Thomas Browne
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