Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici: Letter to a Friend, &c. and Christian Morals

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Macmillan and Company, 1881 - 392 pagina's
 

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Pagina 2 - I have no Genius to disputes in Religion, and have often thought it wisdom to decline them, especially upon a disadvantage, or when the cause of Truth might suffer in the weakness of my patronage.
Pagina 152 - Governor of the universe,' is to talk what appears to him unverifiable nonsense. But to talk of God as 'the stream of tendency by which all things fulfil the law of their being...
Pagina 70 - For there is a music wherever there is a harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres ; for those well-ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony.
Pagina 29 - For my part, I have ever believed and do now know that there are witches: they that doubt of these, do not only deny them, but spirits; and are obliquely and upon consequence a sort not of infidels, but atheists.
Pagina 62 - ... their infirmities, and their purses compound for their follies. But, as in casting account three or four men together come short in account of one man placed by himself below them, so neither are a troop of these ignorant Doradoes of that true esteem and value as many a forlorn person, whose condition doth place him below their feet.
Pagina 75 - The earth is a point not only in respect of the heavens above us, but of that heavenly and celestial part within us. That mass of flesh that circumscribes me, limits not my mind. That surface that tells the heavens it hath an end, cannot persuade me I have any.
Pagina 15 - Spiders ? what wise hand teacheth them to do what reason cannot teach us ? ruder heads stand amazed at those prodigious pieces of Nature, Whales, Elephants, Dromidaries and Camels ; these, I confess, are the Colossus and Majestick pieces of her hand : but in these narrow Engines there is more curious Mathematicks ; and the civility of these little Citizens, more neatly sets forth the Wisdom of their Maker.
Pagina 60 - ... other virtue of charity, without which faith is a mere notion, and of no existence, I have ever endeavoured to nourish the merciful disposition and humane inclination I borrowed from my parents, and regulate it to the written and prescribed laws of charity: and if I hold the true anatomy of myself, I am delineated and naturally framed to such a piece of virtue; for I am of a constitution so general...
Pagina 33 - Do but extract from the corpulency of bodies, or resolve things beyond their first matter, and you discover the habitation of Angels, which if I call the ubiquitary and omnipresent Essence of GoD, I hope I shall not offend Divinity: for before the Creation of the World GoD was really all things.
Pagina 74 - Now for my life, it is a miracle of thirty years, which to relate, were not a history, but a piece of poetry, and would sound to common ears like a fable. For the world, I count it not an inn, but an hospital ; and a place not to live, but to die in.

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