The table-talk of John Selden, with a biogr. preface and notes by S.W. Singer


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Page 49 - Equity is a roguish thing ; for law we have a measure, know what to trust to ; equity is according to the conscience of him that is Chancellor, and as that is larger or narrower, so is equity. 'Tis all one as if they should make the standard for the measure we call a foot...
Page 170 - And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so ? 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil : but if well, why smitest thou me?
Page 104 - The oracles are dumb ; No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving ; Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving ; No nightly trance, or breathed spell, Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.
Page 106 - It is a vain thing to talk of an heretic ; for a man for his heart can think no otherwise than he does think. In the primitive times, there were many opinions, nothing scarce but some or other held : one of these opinions being embraced by some prince, and received into his kingdom, the rest were condemned as heresies ; and his religion, which was but one of the several opinions, first is said to be orthodox, and so have continued ever since the apostles.
Page xliii - ... all opinions, yea errors, known, read and collated, are of main service and assistance toward the speedy attainment of what is truest.
Page 56 - IT was 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 it is betwixt faith and works...
Page xliii - Peter, kill and eat, leaving the choice to each man's discretion. Wholesome meats, to a vitiated stomach, differ little or nothing .from unwholesome; and best books to a naughty mind are not unappliable to occasions of evil. Bad meats will scarce breed good nourishment in the healthiest concoction; but herein the difference is of bad books, that they to a discreet and judicious reader serve in many respects to discover, to confute, to forewarn, and to illustrate.
Page 3 - CARDS.— Facts and Speculations on the History of Playing Cards in •*• Europe. By WA CHATTO, author of the " History of Wood Engraving," with Illustrations by J. JACKSON.
Page 138 - THE Proverbs of several Nations were much studied by Bishop Andrews, and the reason he gave was, Because by them he knew the minds of several Nations, which is a brave thing ; as we count him a wise man, that knows the minds and insides of men, which is done by knowing what is habitual to them.
Page 50 - He that speaks ill of another, commonly before he is aware, makes himself such a one as he speaks against: for if he had civility or breeding, he •would forbear such kind of language. 2. A gallant man is above ill words : An example we have in the old lord of Salisbury, who was a great wise man. Stone had called some lord about court, fool; the lord complains, and has Stone whipped ; Stone cries, " I might have called my lord of Salisbury fool often enough, before he would have had me whipped.

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