Quotes by John Selden

Old friends are best.
- John Selden
Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden
Wise people say nothing in dangerous times.
- John Selden
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The world cannot be governed without juggling.
- John Selden
They that govern the most make the least noise.
- John Selden
Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.
- John Selden
It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.
- John Selden
Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.
- John Selden
Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor, that has an army at his heels.
- John Selden
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
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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
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
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.
- John Selden
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
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

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