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" Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing. It is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. "
Auntient lere, a selection of aphoristical and preceptive passages from the ... - Page 290
by Ancient learning - 1812
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Bacon's Essays, Volume 1

Francis Bacon - Essays - 1884 - 722 pages
...them, and profit themselves ; and for either respect* they will abandon the good of their affairs. Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof,...depraved thing : it is the wisdom of rats, that will be snre to leave a house some time before its fall : it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the...
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The World of Proverb and Parable: With Illustrations from History, Biography ...

Edwin Paxton Hood - Parables - 1885 - 728 pages
...a house on fire, if only to ?*< their own eggs." Further he continues, " Wisdom for a man's self n many branches thereof a depraved thing ; it is the...crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour." Selfishness is no doubt, from this point of view, a very base and merely animal attribute ; but yet...
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Francis Bacon: An Account of His Life and Works

Edwin Abbott Abbott - England - 1885 - 562 pages
...effect the Essay on Truth tells us that " Clear and round dealing is the honour of man's nature ; " " Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing " (xxiii. 41) ; and " nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise " (xxii....
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Works, Volume 1

Edward FitzGerald - 1887 - 544 pages
...is the nature of self-lovers as they will set a house on fire and it were but to roast their eggs. Wisdom for a man's self is in many branches thereof...be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. Bacon. " Enlighten self-interest," cries the philosopher, " do but suffieiently enlighten it!"—We...
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Biographical preface. Omar Khayym's grave. Omar Khayym's life. Omar ...

Edward FitzGerald - 1887 - 530 pages
...is the nature of self -lovers as they will set a house on fire and it were but to roast their eggs. Wisdom for a man's self is in many branches thereof...be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. Baton. " Enlighten self-interest," cries the philosopher, " do but sufficiently enlighten it ! " —...
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Francis Bacon: His Life and Philosophy, Part 2

John Nichol - 1889 - 284 pages
...Eevenge," on " Simulation and Dissimulation," on "Wisdom for a Man's Self," — " in many branches a depraved thing, it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house before its fall." It is the mere malice of detraction to say that the worldly view is the man ; the...
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The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in the So-called ..., Volume 1

Ignatius Donnelly - 1888 - 520 pages
...you sty me On this hard rock.* Here is a comparison based on the same familiar facts. Bacon speaks of The wisdom of rats that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall.9 Shakespeare says: A rotten carcass of a butt, not rigged, Nor tackle, sail, nor mast ; the very...
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The Secret Drama of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Gerald Massey - 1888 - 512 pages
...to this pale, faint swan, Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death. Jiiii'j John, V. vii. BACON. It is the wisdom of crocodiles that shed tears when they would devour.—Essay, Of Wisdom, for a man's self. Always let losers have their words. Promia, 972. This...
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Bacon's Essays, Volume 2

Francis Bacon - 1889 - 298 pages
...them, and profit themselves ; and for either respect they will abandon the good of their affairs. 40 Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof,...who digged and made room for him. It is the wisdom ofs crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour. But that which is specially to be noted is,...
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Francis Bacon: Bacon's philosophy

John Nichol - 1889 - 284 pages
...on "Eevenge," on "Simulation and Dissimulation," on "Wisdom for a Man's Self,"—" in many branches a depraved thing, it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house before its fall." It is the mere malice of detraction to say that the worldly view is the man; the...
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