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John Selden
December 16, 1584 - November 30, 1654
Nationality: English
Category: Statesman
Subcategory: English Statesman

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.


Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor, that has an army at his heels.


The world cannot be governed without juggling.


They that govern the most make the least noise.


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.


Old friends are best.


It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.


Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.


Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.


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.


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.


Wise people say nothing in dangerous times.


Philosophy is nothing but discretion.


Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.


No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man.


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