John Tillotson

Archbishop of Canterbury
John Tillotson

John Tillotson (October 163022 November 1694) was an Archbishop of Canterbury (16911694).


  • If God were not a necessary Being of himself, he might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.
    • Compare: "Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer" (translated: "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him", Voltaire, Épître à l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs (November 10 1770).
  • To give children good instruction, and a bad example, is but a beckoning to them with the head to show them the way to heaven, while we take them by the hand and lead them in the way to hell.
    • Archbishop John Tillotson as quoted by John Charles Ryle, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool (1880–1900).

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