Sir Thomas Browne

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

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Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.
Be substantially great in thyself, and more than thou appearest unto others.
Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty into riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit me.
I could be content that we might procreate, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition it is the most foolish act a wise man commits in all his life.
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.
Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
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 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.
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.
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.
There is surely a piece of divinity in us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun.
Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.

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