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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Thomas Browne on death, soul, shadow, age, envy, wrinkles, cure, motto, philosophy, belief, art, passion, faith and God.

32 Famous Thomas Browne Quotes That You Won’t Mind Engraving

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher, Writer

Born On: October 19, 1605

Died On: October 19, 1682

Born In: London

Died At Age: 77

Sir Thomas Browne was a British polymath and writer. He was well-versed on a range of subjects including religion, natural sciences and medicine among others. Throughout his career that lasted over several decades, Browne expressed his thoughts and wrote on a range of subjects. Browne’s works often drew inspiration from the stories in the Bible as well as those in the Classics and are particularly well-known for an understated humour that can be palpable to the reader. Considering the variety of subjects that he dealt with throughout his career, he is rightly considered as one of the most important writers in the English language and as such it is also not a surprise that his works have often been quoted by people from all walks of life. Some of his noted works include ‘The Garden of Cyrus’, ‘Christian Morals’, ‘A Letter To a Friend’, ‘Religio Medici’ and ‘Hydriotaphia’ among others. It is unknown whether Browne was a gifted orator but there is no doubt that he was one of the most learned men in England. His works are still read by scholars. Here is a collection of quotes and sayings excerpted from his wide range of works.  Read through the compilation of quotations and thoughts by Thomas Browne which are sure to inspire you.

We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.

Thomas Browne

Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.

Thomas Browne

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.

Thomas Browne

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.

Thomas Browne

I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Archilles; Fortune hath not one place to hit me.

Thomas Browne

Death is the cure for all diseases.

Thomas Browne

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.

Thomas Browne

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.

Thomas Browne

To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.

Thomas Browne

Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.

Thomas Browne

Life is a pure flame and we live by an invisible sun within us.

Thomas Browne

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

Thomas Browne

As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.

Thomas Browne

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

Thomas Browne

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

Thomas Browne

It is we that are blind, not fortune.

Thomas Browne

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

Thomas Browne

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.

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

Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.

Thomas Browne

The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying

Thomas Browne

I make not therefore my head a grave, but a treasure, of knowledge; I intend no Monopoly, but a community, in learning; I study not for my own sake only, but for theirs that study not for themselves.

Thomas Browne

No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer.

Thomas Browne

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

Thomas Browne

But to subsist in bones, and be but Pyramidally extant, is a fallacy in duration.

Thomas Browne

The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity' something quite different, relating to the planet's life-span, not individual life-span.

Thomas Browne

Were every one employed in points concordant to their natures, professions, and arts, commonwealths would rise up of themselves.

Thomas Browne

This reasonable moderator, and equal piece of justice, Death.

Thomas Browne

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.

Thomas Browne

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

Thomas Browne

It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.

Thomas Browne