The Essays Or Counsels, Civil And Moral; And, The New Atlantis

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byFrancis Bacon

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... OF DISCOURSE SOME in their discourse desire rather commendation of wit, in being able to hold all arguments, than of judgment, in discerning what is true: as if it were a praise to know what might be said, and not what should be thought. Some have certain common places, and themes, wherein they are good, and want variety: which kind of poverty is for the most part tedious, and when it is once perceived ridiculous. The honourablest part of talk is to give the occasion; and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance. It is good, in discourse, and speech of conversation, to vary, and intermingle speech, of the present occasion with arguments; tales with reasons; asking of questions, with telling of opinions; and jest with earnest: for it is a dull thing to tire, and, as we say now, to jade, anything too far. As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it; namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity. Yet there be some, that think their wits have been asleep, except they dart out somewhat that is piquant, and to the quick: that is a vein which would be bridled; "Farce finer itimul'u, et fortius utere lerh." And generally, men ought to find the difference between saltness and bitterness. Certainly, he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory. 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...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... OF DISCOURSE SOME in their discourse desire rather commendation of wit, in being able to hold all arguments, than of judgmen...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217277306

ISBN - 13:9780217277303

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