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The Proficience and Advancement of Learning

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Author: Francis Bacon
Published: 1605
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,714 / 246 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: -9.1
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 3,934
mnybks.net#: 716
Genre: Philosophy
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rning the dignity of learning to be better heard, without the interruption of tacit objections--I think good to deliver it from the discredits and disgraces which it hath received, all from ignorance, but ignorance severally disguised; appearing sometimes in the zeal and jealousy of divines, sometimes in the severity and arrogancy of politics, and sometimes in the errors and imperfections of learned men themselves.

(2) I hear the former sort say that knowledge is of those things which are to be accepted of with great limitation and caution; that the aspiring to overmuch knowledge was the original temptation and sin whereupon ensued the fall of man; that knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and, therefore, where it entereth into a man it makes him swell; Scientia inflat; that Solomon gives a censure, "That there is no end of making books, and that much reading is weariness of the flesh;" and again in another place, "That in spacious knowledge there is much contristation, and that he that increa

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