To abstain from sin when a man cannot sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Jeremy Taylor, Works, Volume VII, p. 206. Eden's Ed. Rendering of St. Augustine, Sermon CCXCIII De Pœnitentibus.
He that is choice of his time will be choice of his company, and choice of his actions.Jeremy Taylor
...since God has appointed one remedy for all the evils in the world and that is a contented spirit.Jeremy Taylor
...for there is some virtue or other to be exercised, whatever happens...Jeremy Taylor
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? The thing framed says that nothing framed it; the tongue never made itself to speak, and yet talks against him that did; saying that which is made, is, and that which made it, is not. But this folly is infinite as hell, as much without light or bound as the chaos or the primitive nothing.Jeremy Taylor
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.Jeremy Taylor
Faith converses with the angels, and antedates the hymns of glory.Jeremy Taylor
God is everywhere present by His power. He rolls the orbs of heaven with His hand; He fixes the earth with His foot; He guides all creatures with His eye, and refreshes them with His influence; He makes the powers of hell to shake with His terrors, and binds the devils with His word.Jeremy Taylor
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!Jeremy Taylor
There is an acre sown with royal seed.Jeremy Taylor
Too quick a sense of constant infelicity.Jeremy Taylor
Certain it is, that as nothing can better do it; so there is nothing greater, for which God made our tongues, next to reciting His praises, than to minister comfort to a weary soul.Jeremy Taylor
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.Jeremy Taylor
Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade. Æropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns; Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian, filed needles.Jeremy Taylor
Aquinas was once asked, with what compendium a man might become learned? He answered "By reading of one book."Jeremy Taylor
Ignorance is the mother of devotion.Jeremy Taylor
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.Jeremy Taylor
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.Jeremy Taylor
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