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SIR THOMAS BROWNE
English physician, philosopher and writer
(1605 - 1682)
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Measure not thyself by thy morning shadow, but by the extent of thy grave; and reckon thyself above the earth by the line thou must be contented with under it.
      - [Pride]

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
      - [Reason]

Men that look no further than their outsides, think health an appurtenance unto life, and quarrel with their constitutions for being sick; but I that have examined the parts of man, and know upon what tender filaments that fabric hangs, do wonder that we are not always so; and considering the thousand doors that lead to death, do thank my God that we can die but once.
      - [Health]

Miserable men commiserate not themselves; bowelless unto others, and merciless unto their own bowels.
      - [Misery]

Nor do they speak properly who say that time consumeth all things; for time is not effective, nor are bodies destroyed by it.
      - [Time]

Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
      - [Obstinacy]

Of all men, a philosopher should be no swearer; for an oath, which is the end of controversies in law, cannot determine any here, where reason only must induce.
      - [Oaths]

Praise is a debt we owe unto the virtues of others, and due unto our own from all whom malice hath not made mutes or envy struck dumb.
      - [Appreciation]

Scholars are men of peace; they bear no arms, but their tongues are sharper than Actius's sword, their pens carry farther, and give a louder report than thunder. I had rather stand in the shock of a basilisk than in the fury of a merciless pen.
      - [Scholarship]

Sleep is death's younger brother, and so like him, that I never dare trust him without my prayers.
      - [Sleep]

Some indeed have been so affectedly vain as to counterfeit immortality, and have stolen their death in hopes to be esteemed immortal.
      - [Suicide]

Study prophecies when they are become histories.
      - [Prophecy (Prophesy)]

Suicide is not to fear death, but yet to be afraid of life. It is a brave act of valour to contemn death; but when life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live; and herein religion hath taught us a noble example, for all the valiant acts of Curtius, Scarvola, or Codrus, do not parallel or match that one of Job.
      - [Suicide]

Surely there are in every man's life certain rubs, doublings, and wrenches, which pass a while under the effects of chance, but at the last, well examined, prove the mere hand of God.
      - [Providence]

The vices we scoff at in others laugh at us within ourselves.
      - [Vice]

There is no community or commonwealth of virtue; every man must study his own economy, and erect these rules unto the figure of himself.
      - [Virtue]

There is no man alone, because every man is a microcosm, and carries the whole world about him.
      - [Solitude]

There is no such thing as solitude, nor anything that can be said to be alone and by itself but God, who is His own circle, and can subsist by Himself.
      - [Solitude]

There is something in us that can be without us, and will be after us, though indeed it hath no history of what it was before us, and cannot tell how it entered into us.
      - [Being]

Time antiquates antiquities, and hath an art to make dust of all things.
      - [Time]

Time sadly overcometh all things, and is now dominant, and sitteth upon a sphinx, and looketh unto Memphis and old Thebes, while his sister Oblivion reclineth semi-somnous on a pyramid, gloriously triumphing, making puzzles of Titanian erections, and turning old glories into dreams.
      - [Time]

To me avarice seems not so much a vice as a deplorable piece of madness.
      - [Avarice]

We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
      - [Death]

We are somewhat more than ourselves in our sleep; and the slumber of the body seems to be but the waking of the soul. It is the ligation of sense, but the liberty of reason; and our waking conceptions do not match the fancies of our sleep.
      - [Sleep]

We carry with us the wonders we seek without us.
      - [Wonder]


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