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When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose. - Sir Thomas Browne,

Secrecy Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Vulgar Errors--Of speaking Under the Rose--Pseudodoxia (5, 23)

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Est rosa flos Veneris cujus quo furta laterent. [Roughly meaning, The discourses of the table among true loving friends are held in strict silence.]

Secrecy Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Vulgar Errors--Of speaking Under the Rose--Pseudodoxia (5, 23)

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Gravestones tell truth scarce forty years.

Grave Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

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Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.

Man Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Urn Burial (ch. V)

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The severe schools shall never laugh me out of the philosophy of Hermes, that this visible world is but a picture of the invisible, wherein as in a portrait, things are not truly, but in equivocal shapes, and as they counterfeit some real substance in that invisible fabric.

World Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici

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Think not thy time short in this world, since the world itself is not long. The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity, and a short interposition, for a time, between such a state of duration as was before it and may be after it.

Time Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Christian Morals (pt. III, XXIX)

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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.

Nature Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (sec. 16)

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

Enemies Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici

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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.

Music Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (pt. II, sec. IX)

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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.

Art Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (sec. 16)

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What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women.

Deceit Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Urn Burial (ch. V)

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Continuing a short series on topics of Christian apologetics: I desire to exercise my faith in the most difficult point, for to credit ordinary and visible objects is not faith, but persuasion. Some believe the better for seeing Christ's Sepulchre, and when they have seen the Red Sea, doubt not the miracle. Now contrarily I bless myself, and am thankful that I lived not in the days of miracles, that I never saw Christ nor His Disciples; I would not have been one of those Israelites that passed the Red Sea, nor one of Christ's patients, on whom He wrought His wonders; then had my faith been thrust upon me, nor should I enjoy that greater blessing pronounced to all that believe and saw not.

Christianity Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne

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Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651 Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725 Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688 Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, ... but delight to be alone and single with Omnipresency... Life is pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.

Christianity Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne

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Women do most delight in revenge.

Revenge Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Christian Morals (part III, sec. XII)

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There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherin he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.

Nature Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne

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God is like a skilful Geometrician.

God Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici I (16)

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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.

Argument Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (pt. I, VI)

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There are no grotesques in nature; not anything framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces.

Nature Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (pt. XV)

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Since the Brother of Death daily haunts us with dying mementoes.

Sleep Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Hydriotaphia

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To be nameless in worthy deeds, exceeds an infamous history.

Deeds Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

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He that unburied lies wants not his hearse, For unto him a tomb's the Universe.

Grave Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. XLI)

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Herostratus lives that burnt the temple of Diana; he is almost lost that built it.

Fame Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

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Gold once out of the earth is no more due unto it; what was unreasonably committed to the ground, is reasonably resumed from it; let monuments and rich fabricks, not riches, adorn men's ashes.

Monuments Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Hydriotaphia (ch. III)

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To extend our memories by monuments, whose death we daily pray for, and whose duration we cannot hope, without injury to our expectations in the advent of the last day, were a contradiction to our belief.

Monuments Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

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Not worthy to carry the buckler unto him.

Comparisons Quotes, by Sir Thomas Browne , Source: Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. 21)

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