Thomas Traherne Quotes (36 quotes)
“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.”
First Century, sect. 1. - Centuries of Meditations
“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.”
Fourth Century, sect. 55. - Centuries of Meditations
“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.”
Fourth Century, section 20 - Centuries of Meditations
“A stranger here
Strange things doth meet, strange glories see;
Strange treasures lodg'd in this fair world appear,
Strange all and new to me;
But that they mine should be who nothing was,
That strangest is of all; yet brought to pass.”
The Salutation, stanza 7; The Poetical Works of Thomas Traherne, B.D. (London: Bertram Dobell, 1903) p. 3.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Traherne
Died: October 10, 1674 (aged 38)
Occupation: Clergyman, poet, theologian
Bio: Thomas Traherne was an English poet and religious writer. His style is often considered Metaphysical.