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Quotations From JEREMY TAYLOR

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  • 1.
    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.
    Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman, devotional writer. "The Marriage Ring," sermon 17, Twenty-Five Sermons (1651).

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  • 2.
    Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.
    Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman, devotional writer. The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, 4th edition, ch. 2, sct. 5 (1654).
  • 3.
    He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
    Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman,devotional writer. Twenty-Seven Sermons, sermon 18 (1651).

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  • 4.
    Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.
    Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman, devotional writer. "Of Lukewarmness and Zeal," sermon 14, Twenty-Five Sermons (1651).

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  • 5.
    Every schoolboy knows it.
    Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman, devotional writer. The Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, sct. 5 (1654). What "every schoolboy knows" is that "This thing ... that can be understood and not expressed, may take a neuter gender."
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