Thomas Traherne

Thomas Traherne, MA (1636 or 1637, Hereford, England - ca. October 10, 1674, Teddington) was an English poet and religious writer. His style is often considered Metaphysical

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A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.Rate it:
An empty book is like an infant's soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders.Rate it:
Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love.Rate it:
Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.Rate it:
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us.Rate it:
More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.Rate it:
The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.Rate it:
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.Rate it:
You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.Rate it:
You never know yourself till you know more than your body.Rate it:
Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.Rate it:

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