The men of experiment are like the ant they only collect and use, the reasoners resemble spiders who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.
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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