John Selden

John Selden

British Jurist, Statesman

Lived from: 1584-1654

Quotes: John Selden

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    'Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor, that has an army at his heels.
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    A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
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    A king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietness sake. Just as in a family one man is appointed to buy the meat.
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    Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.
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    In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.
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    It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.
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    Of all actions of a man's life, his marriage does least concern other people, yet of all actions of our life 'Tis most meddled with by other people.
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    Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.
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    Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
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    Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.
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    Pleasures are all alike simply considered in themselves: he that hunts, or he that governs the commonwealth, they both please themselves alike, only we commend that, whereby we ourselves receive some benefit.
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    Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.
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    The world cannot be governed without juggling.
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    They that are against superstition oftentimes run into it of the wrong side. If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black.
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    They that govern the most make the least noise.
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