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Thomas Traherne Quotes

(1636-1674), British Clergyman, Poet, Mystic

The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.

Category: Action

An empty book is like an infant's soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders.

Category: Books And Reading

Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?

Category: Childhood

More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.

Category: Company

Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love.

Category: Conceit

I will not by the noise of bloody wars and the dethroning of kings advance you to glory: but by the gentle ways of peace and love.

Category: Glory

Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us.

Category: Gratitude

It is of the nobility of man's soul that he is insatiable: for he hath a benefactor so prone to give, that he delighteth in us for asking. Do not your inclinations tell you that the WORLD is yours? Do you not covet all? Do you not long to have it; to enjoy it; to overcome it? To what end do men gather riches, but to multiply more? Do they not like Pyrrhus the King of Epire, add house to house and lands to lands, that they may get it all?

Category: Greed

You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.

Category: Happiness

Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.

Category: Happiness

This moment exhibits infinite space, but there is a space also wherein all moments are infinitely exhibited, and the everlasting duration of infinite space is another region and room of joys.

Category: Infinity

Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.

Category: Innocence

To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.

Category: Love

To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.

Category: Madness

A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.

Category: Perspective