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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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God...doth hang the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 6:57:20 AM
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And no decorations for gallantry -in return.
GabhSigenod
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 7:24:29 AM

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Our abilities will continually be tested.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
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aNd yeT the wiReS dON't bReak..
floyd
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 8:58:09 AM
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Friends --

Here's the context. I had to work to dig into it, but it's worth the effort. To make it more accessible, I have broken less than one paragraph into four. My conclusion: Little wonder that Bacon had high ratings!

"History, which may be called just and perfect history, is of three kinds, according to the object which it propoundeth, or pretendeth to represent: for it either representeth a time, or a person, or an action. The first we call chronicles, the second lives, and the third narrations or relations. Of these, although the first be the most complete and absolute kind of history, and hath most estimation and glory, yet the second excelleth it in profit and use, and the third in verity and sincerity.

For history of times representeth the magnitude of actions, and the public faces and deportments of persons, and passeth over in silence the smaller passages and motions of men and matters. But such being the workmanship of God, as He doth hang the greatest weight upon the smallest wires, maxima e minimis, suspendens, it comes therefore to pass, that such histories do rather set forth the pomp of business than the true and inward resorts thereof.

But lives, if they be well written, propounding to themselves a person to represent, in whom actions, both greater and smaller, public and private, have a commixture, must of necessity contain a more true, native, and lively representation.

So again narrations and relations of actions, as the war of Peloponnesus, the expedition of Cyrus Minor, the conspiracy of Catiline, cannot but be more purely and exactly true than histories of times, because they may choose an argument comprehensible within the notice and instructions of the writer: whereas he that undertaketh the story of a time, specially of any length, cannot but meet with many blanks and spaces, which he must be forced to fill up out of his own wit and conjecture."

I think this is a reminder that I must think.

floyd



“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
GabhSigenod
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 11:54:15 AM

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Truly admirable, oh floyd of the United States.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
floyd
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 1:28:20 PM
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You're welcome! It's good to have a buddy in Gaeltacht!

I'm glad to do the dirty work occasionally!

floyd



“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
jmacann
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 8:30:33 PM
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A reminder -it is. Thanks, floyd.
excaelis
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 6:15:48 PM

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So that's why it hurts so much when you get hoofed in the junk : Newton's Cradle Effect.

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