Jeremy Taylor

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My trust is in God.

Jeremy Taylor (1613 – August 13 1667) was a clergyman in the Church of England who achieved fame as an author during the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. He is sometimes known as the "Shakespeare of Divines" for his poetic style of writing.


  • My trust is in God.
    • 13 August 1667: Last words, also quoted in Famous Sayings and their Authors, p. 44

Holy Living (1650)

  • He that is choice of his time will be choice of his company, and choice of his actions.
    • Holy Living (1650), chapter. 1, section 1
  • 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.
    • Holy Living (1650), ch. 1, section 2
  • ...since God has appointed one remedy for all the evils in the world and that is a contented spirit.
    • "Holy Living" (1650) ch. 2, section 6. "Of Contentedness in all Estates".
  • ...for there is some virtue or other to be exercised, whatever happens...
    • "Holy Living" (1650) ch. 2, section 6. "Of Contentedness in all Estates".
  • God is pleased with no music from below so much as in the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows, of supported orphans, of rejoicing, and comforted, and thankful persons.
    • Sermon XXV, Part IV: "The Duties of the Tongue"
  • 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?
    • Sermon XX, Part II
  • 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.
    • "Apples of Sodom," part II, sermon XX of Twenty-Five Sermons for the Winter Half-Year, Preached at Golden Grove (1653)
  • The first things that hinders the prayer of a good man from obtaining its effects is a violent anger, and a violent storm in the spirit him who prayers.
    • Works of Jeremy Taylor, Anthology of English Prose (Dent 1948)

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • 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.
    • P. 117.
  • Faith converses with the angels, and antedates the hymns of glory.
    • P. 218.
  • 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.
    • P. 274.
  • Her heart was a passion-flower, bearing within it the crown of thorns and the cross of Christ.
    • P. 397.


  • Bishop Jeremy Taylor is clear, that men will find it impossible to do anything greatly good, unless they cut off all superfluous company and visits.
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