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JEREMY TAYLOR
English bishop and theologian
(1613 - 1667)
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Every man rejoices twice when he has a partner of his joy; a friend shares my sorrow and makes it but a moiety, but he swells my joy and makes it double.
      - [Sympathy]

Faith converses with the angels, and antedates the hymns of glory.
      - [Faith]

For no chance is evil to him who is content, and to a man nothing is miserable unless it is unreasonable. No man can make another man to be his slave unless he hath first enslaved himself to life and death. No pleasure or pain, to hope or fear; command these passions, and you are freer than the Parthian kings.
      - [Contentment]

For spiritual blessings, let our prayers be importunate, perpetual and persevering; for temporal blessings, let them be general, short, conditional and modest.
      - [Prayer]

For the death of the righteous is like the descending of ripe and wholesome fruits from a pleasant and florid tree. Our senses entire, our limbs unbroken, without horrid tortures; after provision made for our children, with a blessing entailed upon posterity, in the presence of our friends, our dearest relatives closing our eyes and binding our feet, leaving a good name behind us.
      - [Death]

Friendship is the alloy of our sorrows, the ease of our passions, the discharge of our oppressions, the sanctuary to our calamities, the counselor of our doubts, the clarity of our minds, the emission of our thoughts, exercise and improvement of what we meditate. And although I love my friend because he is worthy, yet he is not worthy if he can do no good.
      - [Friendship]

Friendship is the greatest honesty and ingenuity in the world.
      - [Friendship]

From David learn to give thanks in everything. Every furrow in the book of Psalms is sown with seeds of thanksgiving.
      - [Gratitude]

From the violence and rule of passion, from a servile will, and a commanding lust, from pride and vanity, from false opinion and ignorant confidence; from improvidence and prodigality, from envy and the spirit of slander; from sensuality, from presumption and from despair; from a state of temptation and a hardened spirit; from delaying of repentance and persevering in sin; from unthankfulness and irreligion, and from seducing others; from all infatuation of soul, folly and madness; from willfulness, self-love and vain ambition; from a vicious life and an unprovided death, good Lord, deliver us.
      - [Prayer]

Give thy friend counsel wisely and charitably, but leave him to his liberty whether he will follow thee or no; and be not angry if thy counsel be rejected, for advice is no empire, and he is not my friend that will be my judge whether I will or no.
      - [Friends]

God is everywhere present by His power. He rolls the orbs of heaven with His hand; He fixes the earth with His foot; He guides all creatures with His eye, and refreshes them with His influence; He makes the powers of hell to shake with His terrors, and binds the devils with His word.
      - [God]

God is pleased with no music below so much as the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.
      - [Gratitude]

Great knowledge, if it be without vanity, is the most severe bridle of the tongue. For so have I heard that all the noises and prating of the pool, the croaking of frogs and toads, is hushed and appeased upon the instant of bringing upon them the light of a candle or torch. Every beam of reason and ray of knowledge checks the dissolutions of the tongue.
      - [Talking]

Habits are the daughters of action; but they nurse their mothers, and give birth to daughters after her image, more lovely and prosperous.
      - [Habit]

He that boasts of his ancestors, the founders and raisers of a family, doth confess that he hath less virtue.
      - [Ancestry]

He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.
      - [Friends : Zeal]

He that does as well in private between God and his own soul as in public, hath given himself a testimony that his purposes are full of honesty, nobleness, and integrity.
      - [Sincerity]

He that hath so many causes of joy, and so great, is very much in love with sorrow and peevishness, who loses all these pleasures, and chooses to sit down on his little handful of thorns.
      - [Grief]

He that loves not his wife and children, feeds a lioness at home and broods a nest of sorrows.
      - [Family]

He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain no man serves God with a good conscience who serves Him against his reason.
      - [Reason]

He that tempts me to drink beyond my measure, civilly invites me to a fever.
      - [Intemperance]

He who goes about to speak of the mystery of the Trinity, and does it by words, and names of man's invention, talking of essence and existence hypostases and personalities, priority in co-equality, and unity in pluralities, may amuse himself and build a tabernacle in his head, and talk something--he knows not what; but the renewed man, that feels the power of the Father, to whom the Son is become wisdom, sanctification, and redemption, in whose heart the love of the Spirit of God is shed abroad--this man, tho he understand nothing of what is unintelligible, yet he alone truly understands the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
      - [Trinity Sunday]

He whose life seems fair, if all his errors and follies were articled against him, would seem vicious and miserable.
      - [Character]

Hope is like the wing of an angel, soaring up to heaven, and bearing our prayers to the throne of God.
      - [Hope]

How many people there are that weep with want, and are mad with oppression, or are desperate by too quick a sense of a constant infelicity.
      - [Sense]


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