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Born in August 15, 1613 / Died in August 13, 1667 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Jeremy Taylor

Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.
Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.
It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not.
Love is friendship set on fire.
Marriage is the mother of the world. It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself.
Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.
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.
Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.
The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
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.
Revenge... 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.
If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.
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.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.
God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.
Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.
A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.
Dive on them and squash them if you must.
Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.
He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.