“Eminent Men” by W. Warman who does not have a Wikipedia page! In fact, according to the World Wide Web, he barely exists. But he did paint “Eminent Women” on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne (1857). The queen is naturally in the center. This is the companion
[Note: I began writing this and had intended to finish and publish it before the big snow storm. Alas, that did not happen. Here is what I had saved.] This is not a book report on Francis Bacon so I’m not going to re-hash what you can find in a decent encyclopedia or on Wikipedia.
I bequeath my soul to God… My body to be buried obscurely. For my name and memory, I leave it to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and the next age. From Bacon’s last will and testament
Reading maketh a man full, conferences a ready, and writing an exact man; therefore if a man write little, he had need of a great memory; if he confer little, he had need of a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know what he doth
Nothing doth more hurt a state than that cunning men pass for wise. From Francis Bacon’s essay, “Of Cunning” (1625)
In dealing with cunning persons, we must ever consider their ends to interpret their speeches, and it is good to say little unto them, and that which they least look for. From Francis Bacon’s tenth essay– the last in the first edition– “Of Negotiating” (1597) There are two related essays that come up in the
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. From Bacon’s Essay “Of Adversity” (1625) The pipes in the Jager Haus (formerly known as the Bunk House) are still frozen. Such adversity we suffer here at Farther
He that seeketh victory over his nature, let him not set himself too great nor too small tasks… . At first, let him practice with helps, as swimmers do with bladders or rushes; but after a time let him practice with disadvantages, as dancers do with thick shoes; for it breeds great perfection if the
Therefore, since custom is the principle magistrate of man’s life, let men by all means endeavor to obtain good customs. Certainly, custom is most perfect when it beginneth in young years. This we call education; which is, in effect, but an early custom. Francis Bacon, “Of Custom and Education” (1625) As is my custom, I
The Short Story is Francis Bacon was a man who was born in England a long time ago, who wrote a lot of stuff, spent four days in jail which it seems everyone on the world-wide-web wants to talk about, counseled royalty, thought scientific investigation should be inductive and methodical, and who died in 1626.
Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses. From Bacon’s essay “Of Marriage and Single Life” Bacon had an interesting personal/love life. You can read about it at that infallible source.
Lady Fortune at her wheel If a man look sharply and attentively he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible. From Bacon’s essay, “Of Fortune”
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. From Bacon’s “Elegant Sentences.”
All from “Elegant Sentences” in Bacon’s Essays, this month’s crappy old book of the month. (See sidebar for full citation information.) It is a strange desire which men have to seek power and lose liberty. Children increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. A man’s nature runs either to herbs
Francis Bacon is William Shakespeare. The claim, more precisely, is that William Shakespeare did not write “the plays known as Shakespeare’s” which are at the present time universally acknowledged to be the “Greatest birth of time,” the grandest production of the human mind. [Written by] the greatest genius of all the ages. William Shakespeare did
LOL. The coward calls himself a cautious man; and the miser says, he is frugal.
Whew. What a day! I spent way too much time in Starkville, ran two hours behind schedule with Jager Haus tasks, and haven’t yet changed the water filters. But thanks to Miss M’s help, I did get a quick fresh coat of Quick Shine on the floors. They look very nice. Still lots to do so
I’ll start with three this morning. I have a lot to do today and it’s going to be a busy weekend. (I’m sort of disappointed I didn’t commit myself to changing out the dining room table so I could see how that new green theme is going to work out. But it was the smart
“This is the poorest excuse for an argument I’ve ever read.” You will want to keep this in mind going forward.
The official title of February’s Crappy Old Book of the Month is… The essays or Counsels, civil and moral of Francis Bacon [first published in 1597, and as he left them newly written and published in 1625] including also his Apophthegms, Elegant sentences and Wisdom of the ancients* with Introduction by Henry Morley originally published