Bacon's Essays

C. S. Francis & Company, 1857 - 536 σελίδες

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Σελίδα 52 - the virtue of prosperity is temperance, the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in morals is the more heroical virtue. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New, which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's
Σελίδα 444 - natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them, for they tench not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
Σελίδα 140 - atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth Man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion; for while the mind of Man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no farther; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate, and linked together, it
Σελίδα 417 - wild thyme, and water-mints; therefore, you are to set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread. For gardens (speaking of those which are, indeed, princelike,' as we have done of buildings), the contents ought not well to be under thirty acres of ground, and to be divided into three
Σελίδα 75 - ESSAY VIII. OF MARRIAGE AND SINGLE LIFE. HE that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public,
Σελίδα 397 - more might have been done, or sooner. Young men, in the conduct and manage' of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end, without consideration of the means and degrees; pursue some few principles which they have chanced upon, absurdly; care not* to innovate, which
Σελίδα 259 - few words, than in that speech, ' Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god;" for it is most true, that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards' society, in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast; but it is most untrue, that
Σελίδα 408 - persons are commonly even with nature; for as nature hath done ill by them, so do they by nature, being for the most part (as the Scripture saith) ' void of natural affection :"' and so they have their revenge of nature. Certainly there is a consent* between the body and the mind, and
Σελίδα 178 - exercises of horsemanship, fencing, training of soldiers, and the like: comedies, such whereunto the better sort of persons do resort; treasuries of jewels and robes; cabinets and rarities; and, to conclude, whatsoever is memorable in the places where they go—after all which, the tutors or servants ought to make diligent inquiry. As for
Σελίδα 259 - have any character at all of the divine nature, except* it proceed, not out of a pleasure in solitude, but out of a love and desire to sequester a man's self for a higher conversation;' such as is found to have been falsely and feignedly in some of the heathens—as Epimenides, the Candian;

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