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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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THE GREAT INSTAURATION

[AUTHOR'S] PREFACE.

That the slate of knowledge is not prosperous nor greatly advancing ; and that a way must be opened for the human understanding entirely different from any hitherto known, and other helps provided, in order that the mind may exercise over the nature of things the authority which properly belongs to it.

IT seems to me that men do not rightly understand either their store or their strength, but overrate the one and underrate the other. Hence it follows, that either from an extravagant estimate of the value of the arts which they possess, they seek no further ; or else from too mean an estimate of their own powers, they spend their strength in small matters and never put it fairly to the trial in those ...

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