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— For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures.

— A great city is a great solitude.

Summary: Aristotle’s remarks that who so likes solitude is either is a best or an angle is
according to Bacon half true. Friendship helps disburden heart. If frustration is kept in heart,
it causes depression and tension for man. Friendship brings better understanding. A man with
a friend has two lives. He can do many things for him and when he dies, he can fulfill his
desires etc. A friend can advise and even praise and flatter us. Friendship increases joys and
lessens the intensity of grief. Man may feel lonely in a crowd in the absence of love.

3. Of Studies:

— Studies serve delight, for ornament and for ability.

— To spend too much time in studies is sloth, to use it too much for ornament is

— Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them and wise men use them.

— Read not to contradict and confute, nor to — believe and take for granted, nor to
find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to
be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.

— Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man.

— Distilled books are like common distilled water flashy things.

Summary: Studies are a source of delight in one’s leisure and solitude. Studies help people
develop abilities. It is a sign of laziness to spend too much time on studies. We should study
important books and find mere summary of unimportant ones. Books are good companions.
Deferent genres and subjects enlighten our mind differently.

4. Of Parents and Children:

— The joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears.

— Children increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death.

— Children sweeten labor, but they make misfortune more bitter.

Summary: Children get benefit because of their parents. Parents usually have unequal
favoritism towards their children. They should give enough pocket money. They should choose
a suitable profession for their child.

5. Of Ambition:

— Ambition is like Choler which is a humor that makes men active and earnest.

Summary: Ambition makes man active but if it is checked it can also be dangerous. Ambitious
people are highly required fro the war. If ambition is allowed without control, it can be

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harmful for the king and the government. Ambitious people can also be used by the king as

6. Of Truth:

— What is Truth? said jesting Pilate and would not stay for an answer.

— But I cannot tell: this same truth is a naked and open day-light, that doth not shew
the masks and mummeries and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as
candle- lights.

— A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure.

— It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore and to see ships tost upon the sea, a pleasure
to stand in the window of a castle and to see a battle and the adventures thereof
below. But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of the Truth.

— A lie faces God; but shrinks from man.

— But it is not the lie that passes through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and
settleth in it that doth the hurt.

Summary: Pilate the Roman emperor was very casual about the truth at Christ’s trial and did
not bother to find it out. Certain people have great delight in changing their opinions. Human
mind is basically attracted to lies, so it dislikes truth. The value of truth is realized only by
those who have experienced and understood it. Truth is important in not only in philosophical
and theological fields, but also in day to day life. Montaign has rightly said that a man who
tells lies is afraid of his fellow men but is unafraid of defying God who is all perceiving.

7. Of Revenge:

— Revenge is a kind of wild justice.

— It is the glory of man to pass by an offense. That which is past is gone and
irrevocable: wise men have enough to do with things present and to come: therefore they
do but trifle with themselves, that labor in past matters.

— A man that studies revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal.

Summary: Revenge is uncivilized and can only be found among the brutes. Forgiving an enemy
is supreme moral superiority. Man should be forwarding looking and forget the past to brood
over the present and the future. Man does wrong to others out of his selfish love for himself.
In taking revenge, it is generous to reveal his identity to the victim, because the pleasure of
revenge lies not so much in causing pain than in making the enemy realize and repent of his

8. Of Simulation and Dissimulation:

— Tell a lie and find a troth.

Summary: The practice of dissimulation is followed by the weak man, for the strong minds
and hearts have the power to tell the truth. The man of secret nature never gives a hint of

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