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JEREMY TAYLOR
English bishop and theologian
(1613 - 1667)
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We should enjoy more peace if we did not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of other men, which appertain not to our charge.
      - [Meddlers]

We should reflect that whatever tempts the pride and vanity of ambitious persons is not so big as the smallest star which we see scattered in disorder and unregarded on the pavement of heaven.
      - [Ambition]

We so converse every night with the image of death that every morning we find an argument of the resurrection. Sleep and death have but one mother, and they have one name in common.
      - [Death]

We think poverty to be infinitely desirable before the torments of covetousness.
      - [Poverty]

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
      - [Chance]

When thou receivest praise, take it indifferently, and return it to God, the giver of the gift, or blesser of the action.
      - [Praise]

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life; every petition to God is a precept to man. Look not, therefore, upon your prayers as a short method of duty and salvation only, but as a perpetual monition of duty; by what we require of God we see what He requires of us.
      - [Prayer : Virtue]

When you lie down close your eyes with a short prayer, committing yourself into the brands of your faithful Creator; and when you have done trust Him with yourself, as you must do when dying.
      - [Prayer]

Whether confirmation be a sacrament or not, it is no use to dispute; and if it be disputed, it cannot follow that it is not of very great use and holiness.
      - [Confirmation]

Whoever is a hypocrite in his religion mocks God, presenting to Him the outside and reserving the inward for his enemy.
      - [Hypocrisy]

A man must not go to law because the musician keeps false time with his foot.
      - vol. VIII, p. 145 [Law]

A good man is the best friend, and therefore soonest to be chosen, longer to be retained; and indeed, never to be parted with, unless he cease to be that for which he was chosen.
      - A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship
        [Friends]

Choose for your friend him that is wise and good, and secret and just, ingenious and honest, and in those things which have a latitude, use your own liberty.
      - A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship
        [Friends]

Friendship is like rivers, and the strand of seas, and the air, common to all the world; but tyrants, and evil customs, wars, and want of love, have made them proper and peculiar.
      - A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship
        [Friendship]

Nature and religion are the bands of friendship, excellence and usefulness are its great endearments.
      - A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship
        [Friendship]

Some friendships are made by nature, some by contract, some by interest, and some by souls.
      - A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship
        [Friendship]

When I choose my friend, I will not stay till I have received a kindness; but I will choose such a one that can do me many if I need them; but I mean such kindnesses which make me wiser, and which make me better.
      - A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship
        [Friends]

In matters of conscience that is the best sense which every wise man takes in before he hath sullied his understanding with the designs of sophisters and interested persons.
      - Ductor Dubitantium (Rule of Conscience)
         (bk. I, ch. I, rule VI) [Thought]

He that would die well must always look for death, every day knocking at the gates of the grave; and then the gates of the grave shall never prevail upon him to do him mischief.
      - Holy Dying (ch. II, pt. I) [Death]

Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade. Aeropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns, Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian,filed needles.
      - Holy Living
         (ch. I, sec. I, Rules for Employing Our Time)
        [Occupations]

. . . Because as the sun reflecting upon the wind of strands and shores is unpolluted in its beams, so is God not dishonored when we suppose him in every of his creature, and in every part of every one of them.
      - Holy Living (ch. II, sec. III) [Sun]

There is an acre sown with royal seed.
      - Holy Living and Dying (ch. I) [Graves]

Drunkenness is an immoderate affection and use of drink. That I call immoderation that is besides or beyond that order of good things for which God hath given us the use of drink.
      - Holy Living--Of Drunkenness
         (ch. II, pt. 2) [Intemperance]

He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he be exalted above his neighbors because he hath more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine!
      - Holy Living--Of Humility (ch. II, sc. 4)
        [Wealth]

All virtuous women, like tortoises, carry their house on their heads, and their chappel in their heart, and their danger in their eye, and their souls in their hands, and God in all their actions.
      - Life of Christ (pt. I, II, 4) [Women]


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