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Art
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Fate & Destiny
Engrave this Quote It is we that are blind, not fortune; because our eye is too dim to discern the mystery of her effects, we foolishly paint her blind, and hoodwink the providence of the Almighty.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
God
Engrave this Quote And first Satan's endeavours have ever been, and they cease not yet to instill a belief in the minde of man, There is no God at all. . . . that the necessity of his entity dependeth upon ours, and is but a Politicall Chymera. . . . Where he succeeds not thus high, he labours to introduce a secondary and deductive Atheisme; that although, men concede there is a God, yet . . . that he intendeth only the care of the species or common natures, but letteth loose the guard of individuals, and single existencies therein: That he looks not below the Moon, but hath designed the regiment of sublunary affairs unto inferiour deputations. To promote which apprehensions or empuzzell their due conceptions, he casteth in the notions of fate, destiny, fortune, chance and necessity. . . . Whereby extinguishing in mindes the compensation of vertue and vice, the hope and fear of heaven or hell; they comply in their actions unto the drift of his delusions. . . .
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-Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1650)
Gossip
Engrave this Quote He who discommendeth others obliquely commendeth himself.
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-Sir Thomas Browne, Christian Morals, 1716
Hate
Engrave this Quote Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Life
Engrave this Quote Life is pure flame.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Engrave this Quote It is a brave act to despise death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
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Logic
Engrave this Quote I cannot tell by what logic we call a toad, a bear, or an elephant ugly; they being created in those outward shapes and figures which best express the actions of their inward forms.
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-Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1643
Mathematics
Engrave this Quote I have often admired the mystical way of Pythagoras, and the secret magic of numbers.
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-Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1643
Murder
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Music
Engrave this Quote 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 where ever there is a harmony, order, or proportion: and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Procrastination
Engrave this Quote Festination may prove Precipitation;
Deliberating delay may be wise cunctation.
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-Sir Thomas Browne, Christian Morals (paraphrasing Caesar)
Reading
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Sleep
Engrave this Quote Nor will the sweetest delight of gardens afford much comfort in sleep; wherein the dullness of that sense shakes hands with delectable odours; and though in the bed of Cleopatra, can hardly with any delight raise up the ghost of a rose.
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-Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyprus, chapter 5, 1658
Solitude
Engrave this Quote Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
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-Sir Thomas Browne
Virtue
Engrave this Quote There is no road or ready way to virtue.
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-Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, I, 51.

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