Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

John Selden

English Jurist, Scholar, Lawyer, Orientalist

"Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear."

"Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain."

"No man is the wiser for his learning."

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

"We measure the excellency of other men by some excellency we conceive to be in ourselves."

"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 me how to confute him."

"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."

"Never tell your resolution beforehand."

"Philosophy is nothing but discretion."

"Syllables govern the world."

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

"The world cannot be governed without juggling. "