Quotes by Jeremy Taylor

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Jeremy Taylor is depicted in this portrait at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University.

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Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.

When you lie down with a short prayer, commit yourself into the hands of your Creator; and when you have done so, trust Him with yourself, as you must do when you are dying.
Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.
A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.
The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.
Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.
He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason.
Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.
He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.
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 science is not able to make an oyster.
Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.
Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.
No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.
God hath prepared a little coronet or special reward (extraordinary and beside the great crown of all faithful souls) for those who have not defiled themselves with women.
He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he is exalted above his neighbors because he has more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine.