The Essayes Or Counsels Civill and Morall of Francis Bacon

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Dutton, 1900 - Aphorisms and apothegms - 290 pages
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Page 182 - Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Page 2 - One of the fathers, in great severity, called poesy vinum daemonum, because it filleth the imagination, and yet it is but with the shadow of a lie. But it is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt such as we spake of before.
Page 195 - GOD ALMIGHTY first planted a garden. And, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures ; it is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks.
Page 3 - The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense ; the last was the light of reason ; and his sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of his Spirit.
Page 70 - It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an Opinion as is unworthy of him : for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely : and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Plutarch saith well to that purpose :
Page 109 - IT had been hard for him that spake it to have put more truth and untruth together in few words than in that speech, " Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god...
Page 2 - ... the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it; the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it; and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it; is the sovereign good of human nature.
Page 16 - But yet the spirit of Job was in a better tune: Shall we (saith he) take good at God's hands, and not be content to take evil also ? And so of friends in a proportion.
Page 124 - Walled towns, stored arsenals and armories, goodly races of horse, chariots of war, elephants, ordnance, artillery, and the like, all this is but a sheep in a lion's skin, except the breed and disposition of the people be stout and warlike. Nay, number (itself) in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage, for (as Virgil saith) It never troubles a wolf how many the sheep be.
Page 41 - It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty ; or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self.

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