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A. Murray & son, 1868 - Table-talk - 120 pages

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Page 39 - 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.
Page 52 - French-more, and the cushion-dance, and then all the company dances, lord and groom, lady and kitchen-maid, no distinction. So in our court, in Queen Elizabeth's time, gravity and state were kept up. In King James's time things were pretty well. But in King Charles's time there has been nothing but French-more, and the cushion-dance, omnium gatherum, tolly polly, hoite come toite.
Page 37 - 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] a Chancellor's Foot, what an uncertain Measure would this be?
Page 44 - 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.
Page 82 - Religion is like the fashion; one man wears his doublet slashed, another laced, another plain ; but every man has a doublet : so every man has his religion. We differ about trimming. 4. Men say they are of the same religion for quietness...
Page 92 - Table Talk : being the Discourses of JOHN SELDEN, Esq. ; or his Sence of various Matters of weight and high consequence, relating especially to Religion and State.
Page 50 - 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 ; if every man should buy, or if there were many buyers, they would never agree ; one would buy what the other liked not, or what the other had bought before ; so there would be a confusion. But that charge being committed to one, he, according to his discretion, pleases all ; if they have not what they would have one day, they shall have it the next, or something as...
Page 8 - ... writings, that a man would have thought he had been entirely conversant among books, and had never spent an hour but in reading and writing ; yet his humanity, courtesy, and affability...
Page 87 - THE Law against Witches does not prove there be any; but it punishes the Malice of those People, that use such means to take away Men's Lives. If one should profess that by turning his Hat thrice, and crying Buz, he could take away a Man's Life, though in truth he could do no such thing, yet this were a just Law made by the State, that whosoever should turn his Hat thrice, and cry Buz, with an intention to take away a Man's Life, shall be put to death.
Page 61 - We measure the excellency of other men by some excellency we conceive to be in ourselves. Nash, a poet poor enough, as poets used to be, seeing an alderman with his gold chain, upon his great horse, by way of scorn said to one of his companions, Do you see yon fellow, how goodly, how big he looks ? Why, that fellow cannot make a blank verse.

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