Thomas Traherne Quotes

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.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. "Fourth Century," no. 55, Centuries (written c. 1672, publ. 1908).
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.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. "Fourth Century," no. 12, Centuries (written c. 1672, first published 1908).