29 John Selden Quotes

  • "Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because it is an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to confute him."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Ignorance


  • "Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else a man cannot keep up dignity. In gluttony there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking; 'tis not the eating, and 'tis not the drinking that must be blamed, but the excess. So in pride."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Pride


  • "Equity in law is the same that the spirit is in religion, what everyone pleases to make it: sometimes they go according to conscience, sometimes according to law, sometimes according to the rule of court."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Justice


  • "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
    Topics: Reasoning, Preaching


  • "It is not juggling that is to be blamed, but much juggling; for the world cannot be governed without it."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Government


  • "There is no book on which we can rest in a dying moment but the Bible."

    - John Selden
    Topics: The Bible, Rest


  • "When a doubt is propounded, learn to distinguish, and show wherein a thing holds, and wherein it doth not hold. The not distinguishing where things should be distinguished, and the not confounding, where things should be confounded, is the cause of all the mistakes in the world."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Reasoning, Doubt


  • "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
    Topics: Learning, Wisdom


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

    - John Selden
    Topics: Reasoning, Idolatry


  • "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
    Topics: Reasoning


  • "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
    Topics: Marriage


  • "They that cry down moral honesty, cry down that which is a great part of my religion, my duty toward God, and my duty toward man. What care I to see a man run after a sermon, if he cozens and cheats as soon as he comes home. On the other side, morality must not be without religion; for if so, it may change, as I see convenience."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Preaching, Hypocrisy


  • "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
    Topics: Government


  • "Wise people say nothing in dangerous times."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Wisdom


  • "The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness."

    - John Selden
    Topics: Marriage, Cheerfulness, Sacrifice



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