The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England, Volume 3

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Carey and Hart, 1844
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Page 222 - I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which, as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
Page 392 - But things which are equal to the same are equal to one another || ; therefore CA is equal to CB ; wherefore CA,
Page 371 - It is the glory of God to conceal a thing : but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Page 224 - IT were infinite for the law to judge the causes of causes, and their impulsions one of another : therefore it contenteth itself with the immediate cause ; and judgeth of acts by that, without looking to any further degree.
Page 347 - There is no small difference between the idols of the human mind, and the ideas of the divine mind; that is to say, between certain idle dogmas, and the real stamp and impression of created objects, as they are found in nature.
Page 346 - MAN, as the minister and Interpreter of Nature, does and understands as much as his observations on the Order of Nature, either with regard to things or the mind, permit him, and neither knows nor is capable of more.
Page 348 - Lastly, there are idols which have crept into men's minds from the various dogmas of peculiar systems of philosophy, and also from the perverted rules of demonstration, and these we denominate idols of the theatre. For we regard all the systems of philosophy hitherto received or imagined, as so many plays brought out and performed, creating fictitious and theatrical worlds. Nor do we speak only of the present systems, or of the philosophy and sects of the ancients, since numerous other plays of a...
Page 95 - Your majesty may truly perceive, that, though I cannot challenge to myself either invention, or judgment, or elocution, or method, or any of those powers; yet my offering is care and observance : and as my good old mistress was wont to call me her watch-candle, because it pleased her to say, I did continually burn, and yet she suffered me to waste almost to nothing...
Page 134 - You found me of the Learned Counsel, Extraordinary, without patent or fee ; a kind of individuum vagum. You established me, and brought me into Ordinary. Soon after, you placed me Solicitor, where I served seven years. Then your Majesty made me your Attorney or Procurator General. Then Privy Counsellor, while I was Attorney ; a kind of miracle of your favour, that had not been in many ages. Thence Keeper of your Seal ; and because that was a kind of planet and not fixed, Chancellor. And when your...
Page 3 - ... is so fixed in my mind, as it cannot be removed. And I do easily see that place of any reasonable countenance doth bring commandment of more wits than of a man's own ; which is the thing I greatly affect. And for your lordship, perhaps you shall not find more strength and less encounter in any other.

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