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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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APHORISMS CONCERNING THE INTERPRETATION OF NATUREAND THE KINGDOM OF MAN.

APHORISM

I.

Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, 1 can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature: beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.

II.

Neither the naked hand nor the understanding left to itself can effect much. It is by instruments and helps that the work is done, which are as much wanted for the understanding as for the hand. And as the instruments of the hand either give motion or guide it. So the instruments of the mind supply either suggestions for the understanding or cautions.

III.

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the ...

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