Thomas Browne

(Sir Thomas Browne)

Thomas Browne
Thomas Browne
  • Born: October 19, 1605
  • Died: October 19, 1682
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Scientist









Sir Thomas Browne was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. Browne's writings display a deep curiosity towards the natural world, influenced by the scientific revolution of Baconian enquiry. Browne's literary works are permeated by references to Classical and Biblical sources as well as the idiosyncrasies of his own personality. Although often described as suffused with melancholia, his writings are also characterised by wit and subtle humour, while his literary style is varied, according to genre, resulting in a rich, unique prose which ranges from rough notebook observations to polished Baroque eloquence.

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All [countries] cannot be happy at once … because the glory of one state depends upon the ruin of another States. Nations & Nationhood ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
For my part, I have ever believed, and do so now, that there are witches. Religion & God
Many have ruled well who could not perhaps define a Commonwealth. Leaders & Leadership
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good. Miscellaneous
The great enemy of reason, virtue and religion, the Multitude, that numerous piece of monstrosity. Miscellaneous
The religion of one seems madness unto another. Religion & God
A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender. Truth
All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. Nature ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason. Religion & God
Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. Society
Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.
Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
Death is the cure for all diseases. Death
Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.
It is we that are blind, not fortune.
Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living. Life ;Death
Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.
Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion. Humor
Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.
There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.
Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death. Life ;Power ;Death
To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy. Religion & God
We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases. Death
We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.