Religio Medici

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Rivingtons, 1874 - Christian ethics - 124 pages

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Page 23 - We carry with us the wonders we seek without us : there is all Africa and her prodigies in us; we are that bold and adventurous piece of Nature, which he that studies wisely learns in a compendium what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume.
Page 67 - Satyr, content only with an admonition, or instructive reprehension ; for Noble Natures, and such as are capable of goodness, are railed into vice, that might as easily be admonished into virtue ; and we should...
Page 18 - ... methinks there be not impossibilities enough in religion for an active faith ; the deepest mysteries ours contains have not only been illustrated, but maintained, by syllogism and the rule of reason.
Page 19 - A thousand years to God are but as one day " ; for to speak like a philosopher, those continued instances of time which flow into a thousand years, make not to him one moment. What to us is to come, to his eternity is present, his whole duration being but one permanent point, without succession, parts, flux, or division.
Page 73 - 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.
Page 64 - It is the common wonder of all men, how, among so many millions of faces, there should be none alike : now, contrary, I wonder as much how there should be any. He that shall consider how many thousand several words have been...
Page 24 - Thus there are two books from whence I collect my divinity. Besides that written one of God, another of his servant, nature, that universal and publick manuscript, tkat lies expansed unto the eyes of all. Those that never saw him in the one have discovered him in the other...
Page 25 - Now Nature is not at variance with Art, nor Art with Nature, they being both 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.
Page 77 - Tis indeed a part of life that best expresseth death ; for every man truly lives, so long as he acts his nature, or some way makes good the faculties of himself. Themistocles therefore, that slew his soldier in his sleep, was a merciful executioner...
Page 77 - At my nativity my ascendant was the watery sign of Scorpius : I was born in the planetary hour of Saturn, and I think I have a piece of that leaden planet in me.

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