Archives: Bacon's Essays

February 2015 Crappy Old Book of the Month: 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. Francis Bacon. Henry Morley, ed. Donohue, Henneberry & Co., Chicago. 1883.

“Of Discourse”

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

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