[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
He that questioneth much shall learn much, and content much; but especially if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh; for he shall give them occasion to please themselves in speaking, and himself shall continually gather knowledge. But let his questions not be troublesome, for that is fit for
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.