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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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Book VIII.

CHAPTER I.

The Division of Civil Knowledge into the Doctrine concerning Conversation, Negotiation, and Empire or State Government.

THERE is an old story, most excellent king, that many philosophers being met together in the presence of the ambassador of a foreign prince, each endeavouring to give a sample of his wisdom, that the ambassador might be able to make a report of the wonderful wisdom of Greece; one of them remained silent and propounded nothing; insomuch that the ambassador turning to him, said, “What have you to say for me to report?” To whom he answered, “Tell your king that you have found a man in Greece, who knew how to hold his tongue1”. And in truth, in this synopsis of the arts I have forgotten to mention the art of ...

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