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" For the wit and mind of man, if it work upon matter, which is the contemplation of the creatures of God, worketh according to the stuff and is limited thereby; but if it work upon itself, as the spider worketh his web, then it is endless, and brings forth... "
The Works of Francis Bacon: Lord Chancellor of England - Page ix
by Francis Bacon - 1825
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The Book of Symbols: A Series of Seventy-five Short Essays on Morals ...

Robert Mushet - Ethics, Ancient - 1847 - 524 pages
...discoverable in this very simplicity. It is the systems and theories of men which arc complex and intricate, " admirable for the fineness of thread and work, but of no substance or profit," as says Lord Bacon ; it is the fine-spun web of human speculation, which entangles truth in its meshes...
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Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England, from ...

John Campbell Baron Campbell - Judges - 1847 - 548 pages
...cells of monasteries and colleges, and who knowing little history either of nature or time, did spin cobwebs of learning admirable for the fineness of thread and work, but of * We owe this and the most authentic anecdotes respecting his early years to Rawley. " (He autem tanta...
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The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England: With a ..., Volume 1

Francis Bacon, Basil Montagu - 1848 - 594 pages
...terms. ". Strictness of positions. 3. Contentious learning reigned chiefly amongst the schoolmen 170 The wit and mind of man, if it work upon matter, which is the contemplation of the creature* of God, worketh according to the stujf, and is limited thereby ; but if it work upon itself,...
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Macphail's Edinburgh ecclesiastical journal and literary review, Volumes 7-8

1849 - 858 pages
...wit and mind of man" — we again quote the words of Lord Bacon, " if it work upon nature, which 4s the contemplation of the creatures of God, worketh...is limited thereby — but if it work upon itself, then it is endless, and by all its labours bringeth forth nothing of substance or profit." And, least...
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Thoughts on the conduct of the understanding

Basil Montagu - 1849 - 284 pages
...immediate observation of the senses, — of the eye, of the touch.* He says, " If the wit and mind of man work upon matter, which is the contemplation of the creatures of God, it worketh according to the stuff, and is limited thereby ; but if it work upon itself, as the spider...
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Works, Volume 1

Francis Bacon - 1850 - 892 pages
...agitation of wit, spin out unto us those laborious webs of learning, which are extant in their books. For the wit and mind of man, if it work upon matter, which...of thread and work, but of no substance or profit. This same unprofitable subtility or curiosity is of two sorts : either in the subject itself that they...
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New Elements of Geometry

Seba Smith - Geometry - 1850 - 214 pages
...agitation of wit, spin out unto us those laborious webs of learning which are extant in their books. For the wit and mind of man, 'if it work upon matter,...of thread and work, but of no substance or profit." SECTION II. THE COMMON VIEW OF GEOMETRY. GEOMETERS have always felt embarrassed by their definitions...
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The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England, Volume 1

Francis Bacon - Biography - 1850 - 590 pages
...terms. 2. Strictness of positions. 3. Contentious learning reigned chiefly amongst the schoolmen 170 s in some things. " The first is, that hereafter the...is the beginning of a golden world. The next, that, framing, admirable for the fineness of thread and work, but of no substance or profit. 4. Unprofitable...
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New Elements of Geometry

Seba Smith - Geometry - 1850 - 214 pages
...with its pure demonstrations. And with how much force does the language of Bacon apply here — " For the wit and mind of man, if it work upon matter, which...as the spider worketh his web, then it is endless." I think it clear that every thing which can come within the reach of geometry, must have extension...
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Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning

Francis Bacon - Induction (Logic) - 1851 - 376 pages
...agitation of Wit, fpin out unto us thofe laborious Webs of Learning, which are extant in their Books. For the wit and mind of man, if it work upon matter, which...of the creatures of GOD, worketh according to the ftuff, and is limited thereby ; but if it work upon itfelf, as the Spider worketh his web, then it...
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