Religio Medici [and] Its Sequel Christian Morals

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bySir Thomas Browne

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Excerpt: ... Bethlem Gabor,* yet whether they would be bound by those chains, and not find ways to cut such Gordian knots, we could have no just assurance. But honest men's words are Stygian oaths, and promises inviolable. These are not the men for whom the fetters of law were first forged; they needed not the solemness of oaths ;f by keeping their faith they swear, and evacuate such confirmations. XX. Though the world be histrionical, and most men live ironically, yet be thou what thou singly art, and personate only thyself. Swim smoothly in the stream of thy nature, and live but one man. To single hearts doubling is discruciating; such tempers must sweat to dissemble, and prove but hypocritical hypocrites. Simulation must be short; men do not easily continue a counterfeiting life, or dissemble unto death. He who counterfeiteth, acts a part, and is as it were out of himself; which, if long, proves so irksome that men are glad to pull off their vizards, and resume themselves again; no practice being able to naturalize such unnaturals, or make a man rest content not to be himself. And therefore since sincerity is thy temper, let veracity be thy virtue, in words, manners, and actions. To offer at iniquities, which have so little foundations in thee, were to be vicious up-hill, and strain for thy condemnation. Persons viciously inclined want no wheels to make them actively vicious, as having the elater and spring of their own natures to facilitate their iniquities. And therefore so many who are sinistrous unto good * See the oath of Sultan Oaman in his life, in the addition to Knollea his Turkish History. t Colendo fidcm jurant.--Curtiua. actions, are ambi-dexterous unto bad, and Vulcans in virtuous paths, Achilleses in vicious motions. XXI. Rest not in the high-strained paradoxes of old philosophy...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Excerpt: ... Bethlem Gabor,* yet whether they would be bound by those chains, and not find ways to cut such Gordian knots, we could have no just assurance. But honest ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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