Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

British churchman and writer

Lived from: 1613-1667

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Jeremy Taylor

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    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.
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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.
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    Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.
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    Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.
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    Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.
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    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.
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    Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.
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    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.
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    He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
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    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.
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    If these little sparks of holy fire which I have thus heaped up together do not give life to your prepared and already enkindled spirit, yet they will sometimes help to entertain a thought, to actuate a passion, to employ and hallow a fancy.
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    Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
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    Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.
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    Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.
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    Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
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