The Works of Francis Bacon: De augmentis scientiaurum

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Strona 168 - formed man of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.
Strona xlvii - Here therefore [is] the first distemper of learning, when men study words and not matter : whereof though I have represented an example of late times, yet it hath been and will be secundum majus et minus in all time.
Strona xxxiv - To conclude therefore, let no man, upon a weak conceit of sobriety or an ill-applied moderation, think or maintain that a man can search too far or be too well studied in the book of God's word or in the book of God's works, divinity or philosophy, but rather let men endeavour an endless progress or proficience in both...
Strona xlvii - It seems to me that Pygmalion's frenzy is a good emblem or portraiture of this vanity: for words are but the images of matter; and except they have life of reason and invention, to fall in love with them is all one as to fall in love with a picture.
Strona lix - But this is that which will indeed dignify and exalt knowledge, if contemplation and action may be more nearly and straitly conjoined and united together than they have been; a conjunction like unto that of the two highest planets, Saturn, the planet of rest and contemplation, and Jupiter, the planet of civil society and action...
Strona 36 - serve not only for ornament and delight, but also for active and civil use ; as being the edge tools of speech which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs.
Strona 39 - And as real history gives us not the success of things according to the deserts of vice and virtue, Fiction corrects it, and presents us with the fates and fortunes of persons rewarded or punished according to merit. And as real history disgusts us with a familiar and constant similitude of things, Fiction relieves us by unexpected turns and changes, and thus not only delights, but inculcates morality and nobleness of soul. It raises the mind by accommodating the images of things to our desires,...
Strona lvi - Another error, of a diverse nature from all the former, is the over-early and peremptory reduction of knowledge into arts and methods; from which time commonly sciences receive small or no augmentation.
Strona lx - But as both heaven and earth do conspire and contribute to the use and benefit of man; so the end ought to be, from both philosophies to separate and reject vain speculations, and whatsoever is empty and void, and to preserve and augment whatsoever is solid and fruitful...
Strona 6 - ... neglect of examination, the countenance of antiquity, and the use made of them in discourse, they are scarce ever retracted. The design of such a work, of which we have a precedent in Aristotle, is not to content curious and vain minds, but — 1.

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