John Selden


John Selden Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Pleasure," Table Talk (1686).
  • '''Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor, that has an army at his heels.''
    John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Traitor," Table Talk (1686).

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