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JEREMY TAYLOR
English bishop and theologian
(1613 - 1667)
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Many are idly busy. Domitian was busy, but then it was catching flies.
      - [Sloth]

Many are not able to suffer and endure prosperity; it is like the light of the sun to a weak eye,--glorious indeed in itself, but not proportioned to such an instrument.
      - [Prosperity]

Many believe the article of remission of sins, but they believe it without the condition of repentance or the fruits of holy life.
      - [Repentance]

Many men profess to hate another, but no man owns envy, as being an enmity or displeasure for no cause but goodness or felicity.
      - [Envy]

Marriage has in it less of beauty, but more of safety, than the single life.
      - [Celibacy]

Marriage is the mother of the world, and preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself. * * * Marriage, like the useful bee, builds a house, and gathers sweetness from every flower, and labors and unites into societies and republics, and sends out colonies, and feeds the world with delicacies, and obeys their king, and keeps order, and exercises many virtues, and promotes the interest of mankind, and is that state of good things to which God hath designed the present constitution of the world.
      - [Matrimony]

Marriage is the nursery of heaven!
      - [Matrimony]

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
      - [Meditation]

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.
      - [Preferment]

Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life.
      - [Pleasure]

No friendship can excuse a sin.
      - [Friendship]

No man can be provident of his time who is not prudent in the choice of his company.
      - [Associates : Company]

No man can hinder our private addresses to God; every man can build a chapel in his breast, himself the priest, his heart the sacrifice, and the earth he treads on the altar.
      - [Prayer]

No man can tell but he that loves his children how many delicious assents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges.
      - [Childhood]

No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition.
      - [Poverty]

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
      - [Justice]

No sin is small. It is a sin against an infinite God, and may have consequences immeasurable. No grain of sand is small in the mechanism of a watch.
      - [Sin]

Nothing does so establish the mind amidst the rollings and turbulence of present things, as a look above them and a look beyond them,--above them, to the steady and good hand by which they are ruled; and beyond them, to the sweet and beautiful end to which, by that hand, they will be brought.
      - [Conspiracy]

Nothing is a greater sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.
      - [Profanity]

Nothing is intolerable that is necessary. Now God hath bound thy trouble upon thee by His special providence, and with a design to try thee, and with purposes to reward and crown thee. These cords thou canst not break, and therefore lie thou down gently, and suffer the hand of God to do what He pleases.
      - [Trials]

Nothing is more unreasonable than to entangle our spirits in wildness and amazement; like a partridge flattering in a net, which she breaks not, though she breaks her wings.
      - [Rashness]

Nothing is to be esteemed evil which God and nature have fixed with eternal sanction.
      - [Evil]

Now when men either are unnatural or irreligious they will not be friends; when they are neither excellent nor useful, they are not worthy to be friends; when they are strangers or unknown, they cannot be friends actually and practically; but yet, as any man hath anything of the good, contrary to those evils, so he can have and must have his share of friendship.
      - [Friends]

Now, God hath bound thy troubles upon thee with a design to try thee, and with purposes to reward and crown thee. The cords thou canst not break; and therefore lie thou down gently, and suffer the hand of God to do what He please.
      - [Trouble]

Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do; so shalt thou be thy greatest friend.
      - [Self-examination]


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