Sir Thomas Browne Quotes

Most popular Sir Thomas Browne Quotes

God is a skillful Geometrician.

God

Death is the cure of all diseases.

death

There is no road or ready way to virtue.

virtue

Though in a wilderness, a man is never alone.

solitude mankind

We carry with us the wonders we seek without us.
— Sir Thomas Browne
Flattery is a juggler, and no kin unto sincerity.

flattery

We carry within us the wonder we seek without us.

wonder

Praise is a debt we owe unto the Virtue of others.

praise

The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.

life

We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.
— Sir Thomas Browne
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.

obstinacy

Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.

religion persecution

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude.
— Sir Thomas Browne

solitude

The vices we scoff at in others laugh at us within ourselves.

vice

Art is the perfection of nature ... nature is the art of God.

art

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

man the animal mankind

Yet is every man his own greatest enemy, and as if were his own executioner.

self-destructiveness

No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer.
— Sir Thomas Browne

science

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

solitude

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

truth

For the world, I count it not an inn, but a hospital; and a place not to live, but to die in.

the world

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

compassion

Many...have too rashly charged the troops of error, and remain as trophies unto the enemies of truth.

error

There is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
— Sir Thomas Browne
It is a brave act of valor to contemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
— Sir Thomas Browne

courage

It is a brave act of valor to condemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
— Sir Thomas Browne
No man can justly censure or condemn another, because indeed no man truly knows another. . . . Further, no man can judge another, because no man knows himself.
— Sir Thomas Browne
To ruminate upon evils, to make critical notes upon injuries, and to be too acute in their apprehension, 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; for injuries long dreamt on, take away at last all rest.

resentment