Jeremy Taylor


English Bishop

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In self-examination, take no account of yourself by your thoughts and resolutions in the days of religion and solemnity; examine how it is with you in the days of ordinary conversation and in the circumstances of secular employment.

Can any thing in this world be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth can come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!

This grace (purity of intention) is so excellent that it sanctifies the most common actions of our life and yet is so necessary that without it, the very best actions of our devotion are imperfect and vicious.

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.

Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.

A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.

In sickness the soul begins to dress herself for immortality.

Love is the greatest thing that God can give us; for Himself is love; and it is the greatest thing we can give to God.

No man can complain that his calling takes him off from religion; his calling itself, and his very worldly employment in honest trades and offices, is a serving of God.

This day only is ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow. But if we look abroad and brings into one day's thoughts the evil of many, certain and uncertain, what will be and what will never be, our load will be as intolerable as it is unreasonable.

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.

He that would pray with effect must live with care and piety.

Humility is the most excellent natural cure for anger in the world, for he, that by daily considering his own infirmities and failings, makes the error of his servant or neighbor to be his own case, and remembers that he daily needs God’s pardon and his brother’s charity, will not be apt to rage at the levities, or misfortunes, or indiscretions of another.

A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution of the spirit of a man.

Covetousness makes a man miserable, because riches are not means to make a man happy.

God will have no man pressed with another’s inconveniences in matters spiritual and intellectual – no man’s salvati8on to depend on another; and every tooth that eats sour grapes shall be set on edge for itself, and for none else.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit; and our wandering thoughts in prayer are but the neglects of meditation and recessions from that duty; according as we neglect meditation, so are our prayers imperfect, meditation being the soul of prayer and the intention of our spirit.

No man can hinder our private addresses to God; every man can build a chapel in his breast, himself the priest, his heart the sacrifice, and the earth he treads on, the alter.

Nothing does so establish the mind amidst the rollings and turbulence of present things, as a look above them and a look beyond them - above them, to the sweet and beautiful end to which, by that hand will be brought.

Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do, so shalt thou be thy greatest friend.

Some men choose to be miserable that they may be rich.

The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.

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English Bishop