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Quotations from Thomas Browne


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

Religio Medici, part 2, section 6 (1635)

That miracles have been, I do believe; that they may yet be wrought by the living, I do not deny; but I have no confidence on those which are fathered on the dead.

Religio Medici (1635)

Therefore for Spirits, I am so far from denying their existence that I could easily believe, that not only whole Countries, but particular persons, have their Tutelary and Guardian Angels.

Religio Medici (1635)

Think not silence the wisdom of fools; but, if rightly timed, the honor of wise men, who have not the infirmity, but the virtue of taciturnity.

Christian Morals (1680)

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.

Religio Medici, part 2, chapter 9 (1635)

We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.

Religio Medici (1635)

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

Religio Medici, part 2, section 4 (1635)

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