Thomas Browne Quotes

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles. Thomas Browne

Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous. Thomas Browne

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

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself. Thomas Browne

Death is the cure for all diseases. Thomas Browne

I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition. Thomas Browne

Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good. Thomas Browne

Be substantially great in thyself, and more than thou appearest unto others. Thomas Browne

Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich. Thomas Browne

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

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

By compassion we make others’ misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also. Thomas Browne

To me avarice seems not so much a vice as a deplorable piece of madness. Thomas Browne