All good moral philosophy is but a handmaid to religion.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Advancement of Learning
Contributed by: Zaady
When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather.
Poesy was ever thought to have some participation of divineness, because it doth raise and erect the mind, by submitting the shows of things to the desires of the mind; whereas reason doth buckle and bow the mind unto the nature of things.
A dance is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech.
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed.
Source: Essays. Of Parents and Children
The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth.
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
Source: The Advancement of Learning, 1605
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Source: Essays. Of Marriage and Single Life
And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.
Source: Advancement of Learning book 2; De Augmentis book 3.
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