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Jane Taylor

  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star, / How I wonder what you are! / Up above the world so high, / Like a diamond in the sky.

    • Jane Taylor,
    • "The Star," Rhymes for the Nursery ()
  • ... tender hearts as well were hearts of stone, / If what they feel is for themselves alone.

    • Jane Taylor,
    • "Egotism," Essays in Rhyme ()
  • I find that self-denial is painful for a moment, but very agreeable in the end.

    • Jane Taylor,
    • "Theory and Practice," The Writings of Jane Taylor, vol. 3 ()
  • Though man a thinking being is defined, / Few use the grand prerogative of mind: / How few think justly of the thinking few! / How many never think, who think they do!

    • Jane Taylor,
    • "Prejudice," The Writings of Jane Taylor, vol. 4 ()
  • I do believe the reason why so few men, even among the intelligent, wish to encourage the mental cultivation of women, is their excessive love of the good things of this life; they tremble for their dear stomachs, concluding that a woman who could taste the pleasures of poetry or sentiment would never descend to pay due attention to those exquisite flavours in pudding or pie, that are so gratifying to their philosophic palates ...

    • Jane Taylor,
    • 1808, in Ada M. Ingpen, ed., Women As Letter-Writers ()

Jane Taylor, English children's writer, essayist

(1783 - 1824)

She sometimes signed her work Q.Q.