This age is particularly noted for its religion, philosophy, science and travel. He represented the age in his works about its patriotism, high aims and lofty ideals.
Study as an activity, in whatever form, brings us joy and enhances our thinking, speaking and writing ability adding charm to our personality. Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business.
Study is always a private activity which people engage in when they are alone or in the privacy of their homes. It helps them in relaxation after a strenuous routine, when the body and mind need to slow down.
It sharpens our intellect helping us to judge things soundly. For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best from those that are learned.
It enables the learned men, who have studied extensively, to critically examine issues, and arrive at the right conclusion. They can garner data, facts and arguments or against a particular view rationally. Such intelligent analysis of facts improves the soundness and quality of their judgment.
To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar. However, over-indulgence in studies leads to undesirable consequences. Setting aside long hours in a day to study will make a man indolent.
Overuse of the wisdom to analyze ordinary commonplace issues may make the man appear pretentious and vainglorious. Sticking too much to rules to asses situations and decide on action may invite derision from others. They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience: Studying adds finesse and perfection to human nature.
Experiences in life supplements such honing of nature. Only when they are carefully worked upon and honed, the in-born abilities yield the best benefits to us. Studying is the whetstone that we use to sharpen our abilities. But inferences from study may lead to imprecise and misleading conclusions.
So, experience is very valuable as it supplements studies. Crafty men condemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
People who are cunning and deceitful have no appreciation for studies as they accomplish their objectives through many crooked ways.
Simple folks, however, greatly value the role of studies in human life. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
It should also not be to engage in pointless discussion and argumentation. Studying should enable us to weigh facts and analyze them rationally.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Books of varying content and genre are to be made use of differently.
Some may be given a cursory reading, some others can be quickly sifted through. Other important books are to be read slowly and minutely so as to truly fathom the meaning and underlying sense.
Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books, else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. One can ask an assistant to read a book and prepare a short summary of it.
But such practice should be followed for obtaining guidance on matters of lesser importance. There are some books which are, in fact, shortened already.I wanted to improve my writing skills. I thought that reading forty best essays of all time would bring me closer to my goal.
I didn’t have much money (buying forty collections of essays was out of question) so I’ve found them online instead. Francis Bacon's Essays (Remember that these essays are searchable for key words) To the Duke of Buckingham; Of Travel; Of Empire; Of Counsel; Of Delays; Of Cunning; Of Wisdom for a Man's Self; Of Innovations; return to francis bacon online | search.
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Introduction. Philosophical interest in beauty began with the earliest recorded philosophers. Beauty was deemed to be an essential ingredient in a good life and so what it was, where it was to be found, and how it was to be included in a life were prime considerations.
(See the essay by Owen Felltham also titled "Of Travel.") Consider the value of Bacon's advice to the present-day traveler: keep a diary, rely on a guidebook, learn the language, and avoid the company of fellow countrymen. Also notice how Bacon relies on list structures and parallelism to organize a number of his recommendations and examples.