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SIR THOMAS BROWNE
English physician, philosopher and writer
(1605 - 1682)
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The thousand doors that lead to death.
      - Religio Medici (pt. I, sec XLIV) [Death]

Not worthy to carry the buckler unto him.
      - Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. 21)
        [Comparison]

The heart of man is the place the devil dwells in; I feel sometimes a hell dwells within myself.
      - Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. LI) [Hell]

Have too rashly charged the troops of error and remain as trophies unto the enemies of truth.
      - Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. VI) [Error]

He that unburied lies wants not his hearse,
  For unto him a tomb's the Universe.
      - Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. XLI) [Graves]

Where we desire to be informed 'tis good to contest with men above ourselves; but to confirm and establish our opinions, 'tis best to argue with judgments below our own, that the frequent spoils and victories over their reasons may settle in ourselves an esteem and confirmed opinion of our own.
      - Religio Medici (pt. I, VI) [Argument]

It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces there should be none alike.
      - Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. II) [Face]

And 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, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
      - Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. IX) [Music]

There is musick, even in the beauty and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of the instrument.
      - Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. IX) [Love]

I have loved my friends as I do virtue, my soul, my God.
      - Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. V) [Friends]

Now with my friend I desire not to share or participate, but to engross his sorrows, that, by making them mine own, I may more easily discuss them; for in mine own reason, and within myself, I can command that which I cannot entreat without myself, and within the circle of another.
      - Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. V) [Friends]

Sleep is a death, O make me try,
  By sleeping, what it is to die:
    And as gently lay my head
      On my grave, as now my bed.
      - Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. XII) [Sleep]

Rich with the spoils of nature.
      - Religio Medici (pt. XIII) [Nature]

But where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live.
      - Religio Medici (pt. XLIV) [Valor]

There are no grotesques in nature; not anything framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces.
      - Religio Medici (pt. XV) [Nature]

Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God.
      - Religio Medici (sec. 16) [Art : Nature]

Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.
      - Religio Medici (XXV) [Religion]

God is like a skilful Geometrician.
      - Religio Medici I (16) [God]

A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.
      - Religion Medici,
        quoted as "That insolent paradox"
        [Wisdom]

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.
      - Urn Burial (ch. V) [Man]

What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women.
      - Urn Burial (ch. V) [Deceit]

When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose.
      - Vulgar Errors--Of speaking Under the Rose--Pseudodoxia
         (5, 23) [Secrecy]

A little before you made a leap in the dark.
      - Works (II, 236) [Death]

The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.
      - Works (vol. III, p. 143), (Bohn's edition)
        [Eternity]


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