Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.
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A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
As in nature things move violently to their place and calmly in their place so virtue in ambition is violent in authority settled and calm.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others that write what men do and not what they ought to do.