Sir Thomas Browne

1605 - 1682

A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on confusion, enemies, god, hatred, laughter, men, reason, religion, and virtue

If there be any among those common objects of hatred I do contemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, virtue, and religion, the multitude; that numerous piece of monstrosity, which, taken asunder, seem men, and the reasonable creatures of God, but, confused together, make but one great beast, and a monstrosity more prodigious than Hydra.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on beginning, cities, heaven, and order

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.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Hydriotaphia, Urne-Buriall and the Garden of Cyrus, 1896.

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on god

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God is like a skilful Geometrician.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici I, 16.

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on citizenship, curiosity, nature, and reason

. . . indeed what reason may not go to Schoole to the wisdome of Bees, Ants, and Spiders? what wise hand teacheth them to doe what reason cannot teach us? ruder heads stand amazed at those prodigious pieces of nature, Whales, Elephants, Dromidaries and Camels; these I confesse, are the Colossus and Majestick pieces of her hand; but in these narrow Engines there is more curious Mathematicks, and the civilitie of these little Citizens more neatly sets forth the wisdome of their Maker.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956, p. 1001.

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on anger, dissent, and judgment

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

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on divinity

There is surely a piece of divinity in us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici, 1870

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on belief, faith, philosophy, and possibility

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

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on heaven, hell, honesty, resolution, and thought

I have tried if I could reach that great resolution . . . to be honest without a thought of Heaven or Hell.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne

No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on death, habits, and life

The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Urn Burial

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