FRANCIS BACON | THE COMPLETE WORKS
(Special NOOK Edition)
Includes the Unabridged Essays and Aphorisms of Francis Bacon
and the Novum Oraganum (New Organum)
There be none of the affections, which have been noted to fascinate or bewitch, but love and envy. They both have vehement wishes; they frame themselves readily into imaginations and suggestions; and they come easily into the eye, especially upon the present of the objects; which are the points that conduce to fascination, if any such thing there be. see likewise, the Scripture calleth envy an evil eye; and the astrologers, call the evil influences of the stars, evil aspects; so that still there seemeth to be acknowledged, in the act of envy, an ejaculation or irradiation of the eye. Nay, some have been so curious, as to note, that the times when the stroke or percussion of an envious eye doth most hurt, are when the party envied is beheld in glory or triumph; for that sets an edge upon envy: and besides, at such times the spirits of the person envied, do come forth most into the outward parts, and so meet the blow.
But leaving these curiosities (though not unworthy to be thought on, in fit place), we will handle, what persons are apt to envy others; what persons are most subject to be envied themselves; and what is the difference between public and private envy.
A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others. For men’s minds, will either feed upon their own good, or upon others’ evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope, to attain to another’s virtue, will seek to come at even hand, by depressing another’s fortune.
A man that is busy, and inquisitive, is commonly envious. For to know much of other men’s matters, cannot be because all that ado may concern his own estate; therefore it must needs be, that he taketh a kind of play-pleasure, in looking upon the fortunes of others. Neither can he, that mindeth but his own business, find much matter for envy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE GREAT INSTAURATION
THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING
THE NEW ORGANON OR TRUE DIRECTIONS CONCERNING THE INTERPRETATION OF NATURE
OF UNITY IN RELIGION
OF SIMULATION AND DISSIMULATION
OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN
OF MARRIAGE AND SINGLE LIFE
OF GREAT PLACE
OF GOODNESS AND GOODNESS OF NATURE
OF SEDITIONS AND TROUBLES
OF WISDOM FOR A MAN’S SELF
OF SEEMING WISE
OF THE TRUE GREATNESS OF KINGDOMS AND ESTATES
OF REGIMENT OF HEALTH
OF MASQUES AND TRIUMPHS
OF NATURE IN MEN
OF CUSTOM AND EDUCATION
OF YOUTH AND AGE
OF FOLLOWERS AND FRIENDS
OF CEREMONIES AND RESPECT
OF HONOR AND REPUTATION
THE NEW ATLANTIS
VALERIUS TERMINUS: OF THE INTERPRETATION OF NATURE
Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban(s), KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.
Bacon has been called the creator of empiricism. His works established and popularised inductive methodologies for scientific inquiry, often called the Baconian method, or simply the scientific method. His demand for a planned procedure of investigating all things natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, much of which still surrounds conceptions of proper methodology today.
Bacon was knighted in 1603, and created both the Baron Verulam in 1618, and the Viscount St Alban in 1621; as he died without heirs both peerages became extinct upon his death. He famously died by contracting pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.