John Selden


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John Selden (16 December 1584 – 30 November 1654) was an English jurist and a scholar of England's ancient laws and constitution and scholar of Jewish law. He was known as a polymath showing true intellectual depth and breadth; John Milton hailed Selden in 1644 as "the chief of learned men reputed in this land."

He was born at Salvington, in the parish of West Tarring, Sussex ... more »

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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.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Books; Authors," Table Talk (1686).
  • ''To preach long, loud, and Damnation, is the way to be cried up. We love a man that damns us, and we run after him again to save us.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Damnation," Table Talk (1686).
  • ''Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Humility," Table Talk (1686).
  • ''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.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "King," Table Talk (1686).
  • ''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.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Marriage," Table Talk (1686).
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