John Selden Quotes

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John Selden Quotes

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or its twice as onerous a duty.
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Old friends are best.

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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.

— John Selden

The Parish makes the constable, and when the constable is made, he governs the Parish.

— John Selden

The clergy would have us believe them against our own reason, as the woman would have her husband against his own eyes.

— John Selden

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.

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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

If the prisoner should ask the judge whether he would be content to be hanged, were he in his case, he would answer no. Then, says the prisoner, do as you would be done to.

— John Selden

Humility is a virtue all men preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servants, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.

— John Selden

First, in your sermons, use your logic, and then your rhetoric; Rhetoric without logic, is like a tree with leaves and blossoms, but no root; yet more are taken with rhetoric than logic, because they are caught with fine expressions when they understand not reason.

— John Selden

Abundance consists not alone in material possession, but in an uncovetous spirit.

— John Selden

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