Jeremy Taylor (1613 – 1667) was a cleric in the Church of England who achieved fame as an author. He was first taught grammar and mathematics by his father, but was later educated at the Perse School, Cambridge before going to Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University where he gained a Master of Arts degree in 1634. Taylor is best known as a prose stylist. His fame is mostly the result of his twin devotional manual, Holy Living and Holy Dying. After the Restoration, he was made Bishop of Down and Connor in Ireland. He also became vice-chancellor of the University of Dublin.
Quotes by Jeremy Taylor…
Observe yourself as your greatest enemy would do… so shall you be your greatest friend.
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 steady and good hand by which they are ruled, and beyond them, to the sweet and beautiful end to which, by that hand, they will be brought.
If men knew what felicity dwells in the cottage of a godly man, how sound he sleeps, how quiet his rest, how composed his mind, how free from care, how easy his position… how joyful his heart, they would never admire the noises, the diseases, the throngs of passions, and the violence of unnatural appetites that fill the house of the luxurious and the heart of the ambitious.
That which you do not understand when you read, you will understand in the day of your visitation, for many secrets of religion are not perceived til they be felt, and are not felt but in the day of calamity.