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" This kind of degenerate learning did chiefly reign amongst the schoolmen; who — having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and small variety of reading, but their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors, (chiefly Aristotle their... "
The Works of Francis Bacon: Lord Chancellor of England - Page vii
by Francis Bacon - 1834
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A History of Classical Scholarship ...: From the revival of learning to the ...

John Edwin Sandys - Classical philology - 1908 - 550 pages
...schoolmen, ' who, having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and small variety of reading, but their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors (chiefly Aristotle their dictator)..., and knowing little history, either of nature or time, did, out of no great quantity of matter and infinite...
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Transactions, Volumes 1-49

Obstetrical Society of London - 1908 - 706 pages
...gynaecology at the present day. Bacon's second disease of learning is '' vain matter," when persons " out of no great quantity of matter and infinite agitation of wit, spin out unto us laborious webs of learning, admirable for the fineness of thread and work, but of no substance...
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Centenary Edition [of the Writings of Theodore Parker], Volume 4

Theodore Parker - 1908 - 508 pages
...happens to differ he is presently reprehended as a disturber and innovator." And still further : " Their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors did, out of no great quantity of matter, and infinite agitation of wit, spin cobwebs of learning admirable...
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The Oxford University Press: An Informal History

Peter Sutcliffe, Peter H. Sutcliffe - Education - 1978 - 354 pages
...schoolmen: who having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and small variety of reading, but their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors (chiefly Aristotle their dictator)., .did out of no great quantity of matter and infinite agitation of wit spin out unto us those laborious...
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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 2, History of Scientific Thought

Joseph Needham, Ling Wang - History - 1956 - 746 pages
...famous passage : This kind of degenerate learning did chiefly reign among the schoolmen; who, having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and...quantity of matter, and infinite agitation of wit, spin out unto us those laborious webs of learning, which are extant in their books. For the wit and mind...
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Philosophy, its History and Historiography

Alan Holland - History - 1985 - 364 pages
...made clear, for example, in the Advancement of Learning, where Bacon again says that The schoolmen ... their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors, chiefly Aristotle their dictator,... did out of no great quantity of matter spin out unto us those laborious webs of learning which are...
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Culture and the Evolutionary Process

Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson - Science - 1988 - 339 pages
...scholasticism that dominated the university in his day. He described his tutors as "Men of sharp wits, shut up in the cells of a few authors, chiefly Aristotle, their Dictator" (quoted in Eiseley , 1973). Throughout the rest of his scholarly life he was to stress the conflict...
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William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life

Samuel Schoenbaum - Biography & Autobiography - 1987 - 420 pages
...'those laborious webs of learning' which, according to Francis Bacon, the scholastic philosophers spun out of 'no great quantity of matter, and infinite agitation of wit'. The task of the responsible biographer is to clear away the cobwebs, and sift, as dis75 11. Anne Hathaway's...
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Elizabethan Popular Culture

Leonard R. N. Ashley - History - 1988 - 330 pages
...Schoolmen: who having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and small variety of reading, but their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors...quantity of matter and infinite agitation of wit spin out unto us those laborious webs of learning which are extant in their books. For the wit and mind...
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Sociological Theory and Educational Reality: Education and Society in ...

Alan Barcan - Educational sociology - 1993 - 436 pages
...Schoolmen; who having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and small variety of reading; but their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors...quantity of matter, and infinite agitation of wit, spin out unto us those laborious webs of learning which are extant in their books. For the wit and mind...
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