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Daemon
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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Daemon wrote:
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


But, can I begin with the certainty that Bacon was wright?
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Doubts as a starting point for contemplation are more productive than certainties... Of course, contemplation is just one tool out of the whole human toolbox.
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I suppose it's always best to study a subject first before staking our position.
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mirilli wrote:
Daemon wrote:
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


But, can I begin with the certainty that Bacon was wright?

Not sure about that, but you can begin with the certainty that Bacon was write...Whistle
monamagda
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The quote in context:

From the book The Advancement of Learning (1605), Book I, v, 8.

"The two ways of contemplation are not unlike the two ways of action commonly spoken of by the ancients: the one plain and smooth in the beginning, and in the end impassable; the other rough and troublesome in the entrance, but after a while fair and even. So it is in contemplation: If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties."

Read the book here:

http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1433
JUSTIN Excellence
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There is a saying about nurses: "Sometimes wrong; never in doubt."

Quote:
Whatever our souls are made of...

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)






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Applause
John J. Gerhardt
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Words offered here are wise and very understandable.
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I hope he knows what he is talking about. Black is white, white is black.
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So the religious are doomed to end in doubts.
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JUSTIN Excellence wrote:

There is a saying about nurses: "Sometimes wrong; never in doubt."

Quote:
Whatever our souls are made of...

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)


“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

From "Wuthering Heights" - Emily Bronte Chapter IX Page - Chaterine To Nelly about her love for Heathcliff

This is voted the most romantic in literary history!!

One of my loved books and authors.




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nu uh
Verbatim
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mirilli wrote:
Daemon wrote:
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


But, can I begin with the certainty that Bacon was wright?


I doubt Sir Francis was "wright" but certainly he was word-smith, and more often than not he used words right. Think
Gary98
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Doubts and certainty as two opposites have to have one another. One produce the other, and can't live without the other.
Gary98
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What is white if there is no black? And what is men if there is no woman?
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Verbatim wrote:
mirilli wrote:
Daemon wrote:
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


But, can I begin with the certainty that Bacon was wright?


I doubt Sir Francis was "wright" but certainly he was word-smith, and more often than not he used words right. Think


He certainly was a wordsmith, and more often than not he used words correctly.
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Not quite so...
Vicki Holzknecht
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Interesting quote.
Larissa Robertson
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That is a nice reminder for the day. The wanting always becomes before the knowing. If you knew how to reach your end point you would already have reached it. :-)
Dancing
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Excellent quote for the day, but was Sir Bacon wright, right, write or just plane rite. WE tend to lose the real meaning of written things when we belabor the spelling, unless, of course the original meaning is missed altogether and we must beats those of us with dyslexia.....
Verbatim
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Daemon wrote:
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


The quote is about contemplation--thoughtful observation or study, reflection, all with the purpose of learning.

It make sense to begin with doubts and advance the learning. Bacon was right.

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