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JOHN SELDEN
English jurist, antiquary and author
(1584 - 1654)
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More solid things do not show the complexion of the times so well as Ballads and Libels.
      - Libels [Ballads]

Ceremony keeps up all things. 'Tis like a penny glass to a rich spirit, or some excellent water. Without it the water were spilt, the spirit lost.
      - Table Talk [Ceremony]

Men say they are of the same religion, for quietness' sake; but if the matter were well examined, you would scarce find three anywhere of the same religion on all points.
      - Table Talk [Religion]

Thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the whole world.
      - Table Talk [Fools]

We look after religion as the butcher did after his knife, when he had it in his mouth.
      - Table Talk [Religion]

We see the judges look like lions, but we do not see who moves them.
      - Table Talk [Judges]

Religion is like the fashion, one man wears his doublet slashed, another lashed, another plain; but every man has a doublet; so every man has a religion. We differ about the trimming.
      - Table Talk (p. 157), (ed. 1696) [Religion]

'Tis all one as if they should make the Standard for the measure, we call a Foot, a Chancellor's Foot; what an uncertain Measure would this be! one Chancellor has a long Foot, another a short Foot, a Third an indifferent foot. 'Tis the same thing in the Chancellor's Conscience.
      - Table Talk--Equity [Feet]

Old friends are best. King James us'd to call for his Old Shoes, they were easiest for his Feet.
      - Table Talk--Friends [Age]

Commonly we say a Judgment falls upon a
  Man for something in him we cannot abide.
      - Table Talk--Judgments [Judgment]

Few men make themselves Masters of the things they write or speak.
      - Table Talk--Learning [Learning]

No man is the wiser for his Learning . . .
  Wit and Wisdom are born with a man.
      - Table Talk--Learning [Learning]

Take a straw and throw it up into the air, you may see by that which way the wind is.
      - Table Talk--Libels [Wind]

Marriage is a desperate thing.
      - Table Talk--Marriage [Matrimony]

Philosophy is nothing but Discretion.
      - Table Talk--Philosophy [Philosophy]

The Pope sends for him . . . and (says he) "We will be merry as we were before, for thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the whole world."
      - Table Talk--Pope [Government]

Syllables govern the world.
      - Table Talk--Power [Language : Words]

Never tell your resolution beforehand.
      - Table Talk--Wisdom [Resolution]

Wise Men say nothing in dangerous times.
      - Table Talk--Wisdom [Silence]

Fine wits destroy themselves with their own plots, in meddling with great affairs of state.
      - Table Talk--Wit [Wit]


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