Table-talk: the discourses of J. Selden [ed. by R. Milward.].


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Sida 46 - If a man does not take notice of that excellency and perfection that is in himself, how can he be thankful to God, who is the author of all excellency and perfection ? Nay, if a man hath too mean an opinion of himself, 'twill render him unserviceable both to God and man.
Sida 40 - Twas an unhappy division that has been made between faith and works. Though in my intellect I may divide them, just as in the candle I know there is both light and heat; but yet put out the candle, and they are both gone ; one remains not without the other : so 'tis betwixt faith and works.
Sida 43 - Nor God Almighty : but he can make a gentleman by creation. If you ask which is the better of these two, civilly, the gentleman of blood, morally, the gentleman by creation may be the better ; for the other may be a debauched man, this a person of worth.
Sida 74 - In all times the Princes in England have done something illegal to get Money: but then came a Parliament and all was well; the People and the Prince kissed and were Friends, and so things were quiet for a while. Afterwards there was another Trick found out to get Money, and after they had got it, another Parliament was called to set all right, &c. But now they have so out-run the Constable...
Sida 69 - We measure from ourselves ; and, as things are for our use and purpose, so we approve them. Bring a pear to the table that is rotten, we cry it down, 'tis naught ; but bring a medlar that is rotten, and 'tis a fine thing ; and yet I'll warrant you the pear thinks as well of itself as the medlar does.
Sida 6 - ... &c., and that he had in all but ten pounds ; the other that sees him takes not the figures together as he doth, but picks here and there, and thereupon reports that he...
Sida 30 - Keep your Contracts, so far a Divine goes, but how to make our Contracts is left to ourselves; and as we agree upon the conveying of this House, or that Land, so it must be. If you offer me a Hundred Pounds for my Glove, I tell you what my Glove is, a plain Glove, pretend no Virtue in it, the Glove is my own, I profess not to sell Gloves, and we agree for an hundred Pounds, I do not know why I may not with a safe Conscience take it. The want of that common Obvious Distinction of Jus prceceptivum,...
Sida 5 - Bible as well as King James's. The Translators in King James's time took an excellent way. That Part of the Bible was given to him who was most excellent in such a Tongue (as the Apocrypha to Andrew Downs) and...
Sida 34 - I perceiving what an opinion he had of me, and that it was only melancholy that troubled him, took him in hand, warranted him, if he would follow my directions, to cure him in a short time. I desired him to let me be alone about an hour, and then to come again, which he was very willing to.
Sida 47 - Talk what you will of the Jews, that they are cursed, they thrive wherever they come ; they are able to oblige the prince of their country by lending him money ; none of them beg ; they keep together ; and for their being hated, my life for yours, Christians hate one another as much.

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