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 :: 1584-1654, British Jurist, Statesman

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'Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor, that has an army at his heels.
~ John Selden - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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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.
~ John Selden - [Churches]

 

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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.
~ John Selden - [Kings]

 

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He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.
~ John Selden - [Morality]

 

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Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.
~ John Selden - [Idols]

 

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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 - [Quotations]

 

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It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.
~ John Selden - [Alcohol and Alcoholism]

 

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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.
~ John Selden - [Weddings]

 

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Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.
~ John Selden - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
~ John Selden - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.
~ John Selden - [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.
~ John Selden - [Pleasure]

 

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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.
~ John Selden - [Prayer]

 

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The world cannot be governed without juggling.
~ John Selden - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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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.
~ John Selden - [Superstition]

 

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They that govern the most make the least noise.
~ John Selden - [Management]

 

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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 - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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Wise people say nothing in dangerous times.
~ John Selden - [Danger]

 

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