Pursuit of Knowledge a Waste of Time? Religio Medici

Thomas Browne wrote this in his work Religio Medici (1643):

“There is yet another conceit that hath made me sometimes shut my books, which tells me it is a vanity to waste our days in the blind pursuit of knowledge; it is but attending a little longer, and we shall enjoy that by instinct and infusion, which we endeavour at here by labour and inquisition. It is better to sit down in a modest ignorance, and rest contented with a natural blessing of our own reasons, than buy the uncertain knowledge of this life with sweat and vexation, which Death gives every fool gratis, and is an accessory of our glorification”[I, 9].

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