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JEREMY TAYLOR
English bishop and theologian
(1613 - 1667)
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Of all the authorities to which men can be called to submit, the wisdom of our ancestors is the most whimsically absurd.
      - [Absurdity]

Of all the evils of the world which are reproached with an evil character, death is the most innocent of its accusation.
      - [Death]

On him that takes revenge revenge shall be taken, and by a real evil he shall dearly pay for the goods that are but airy and fantastical; it is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
      - [Revenge]

Parents must give good example and reverent deportment in the face of their children. And all those instances of charity which usually endear each other--sweetness of conversation, affability, frequent admonition--all signification of love and tenderness, care and watchfulness, must be expressed towards children; that they may look upon their parents as their friends and patrons, their defence and sanctuary, their treasure and their guide.
      - [Parents]

Pity and forbearance, and long-sufferance and fair interpretation, and excusing our brother, and taking in the best sense, and passing the gentlest sentence, are as certainly our duty, and owing to every person that does offend and can repent, as calling to account can be owing to the law, and are first to be paid; and he that does not so is an unjust person.
      - [Pity]

Plato said that of all things in the world we should beware of that folly by which most men please themselves and despise a better judgment.
      - [Self-love]

Prayer is the peace of our spirit, the stillness of our thoughts, the evenness of recollection, the seat of meditation, the rest of our cares and the calm of our tempest: prayer is the issue of a quiet mind, of untroubled thoughts; it is the daughter of charity and the sister of meekness.
      - [Prayer]

Prayers are but the body of the bird; desires are its angel's wings.
      - [Prayer]

Pride, though it cannot prevent the holy affections of nature from being felt, may prevent them, from being shown.
      - [Pride]

Private devotions and, secret offices of religion are like the refreshing of a garden with the distilling and petty drops of a water-pot; but addressed from the temple, are like rain from heaven.
      - [Devotion]

Prosperities can only be enjoyed by those who fear not at all to lose them.
      - [Prosperity]

Religion cannot change, though we do; and, if we do, we have left God; and whither he can go that goes from God, his own sorrows will soon enough instruct him.
      - [Religion]

Religion is no friend to laziness and stupidity, or to supine and sottish despondencies of mind.
      - [Melancholy]

Repentance is not like the summer fruits, fit to be taken a little and in their own time; it is like bread, the provisions and support of life, the entertainment of every day; but it is the bread of affliction to some, and the bread of carefulness to all; and he that preaches this with the greatest severity, it may be, takes the liberty of an enemy, but he gives the counsel and the assistance of a friend.
      - [Repentance]

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
      - [Secrecy]

Secure their religion; season their younger years with prudent and pious principles.
      - [Youth]

Sermons are not like curious inquiries after new nothings, but pursuance of old truths.
      - [Preaching]

She that hath a wise husband must entice him to an eternal dearness by the veil of modesty and the grave robes of chastity, the ornament of meekness and the jewels of faith and charity. She must have no painting but blushings; her brightness must be purity, and she must shine round about with sweetness and friendship; and she shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies.
      - [Matrimony]

She that is loved is safe.
      - [Love]

Since we stay not here, being people but of a day's abode, and our age is like that of a fly, and contemporary with that of a gourd, we must look somewhere else for an abiding city, a place in another country, to fix our house in, whose wails and foundation is God, where we must rest, or else be restless forever.
      - [Future]

So long as idleness is quite shut out from our lives, all the sins of wantonness, softness, and effeminacy are prevented; and there is but little room for temptation.
      - [Idleness]

Solitude is a good school, but the world is the best theater; the institution is best there, but the practice here; the wilderness hath the advantage of discipline, and society opportunities of perfection.
      - [Solitude]

Temperance is reason's girdle and passion's bridle, the strength of the soul and the foundation of virtue.
      - [Temperance]

That which thou dost not understand when thou readest, thou shaft understand in the day of thy visitation; for many secrets of religion are not perceived till they be felt, and are not felt but in the day of a great calamity.
      - [Affliction]

The autumn with its fruits provides disorders for us, and the winter's cold turns them into sharp diseases, and the spring brings flowers to strew our hearses, and the summer gives green turf and bramble's to bind up our graves.
      - [Seasons]


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