Of Truth by Francis Bacon and A Short Analysis What is truth? As this essay belongs to the latter group, we find ample analogies and examples.
said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.
Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting.
And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients.
And therefore Mountaigny saith prettily, when he inquired the reason why the word of the Lie should be such a Disgrace, and such an Odious Charge, Saith he, If it be well weighed, To say that a man lieth, is as much to say as that he is brave towards God and a Coward towards Men.
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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 show the masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights.Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the price of a diamond, or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights. Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men's minds, vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds, of a number of men, poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?Certainly, it is Heaven upon Earth, to have a Man's Minde Move in Charitie, Rest in Providence, and Turne upon the Poles of Truth.To passe from Theologicall, and Philosophicall Truth, to the Truth of civil Businesse that doth so cover Man with Shame as to be found false and perfidious.Another, under the title Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, was published in 1625 with 58 essays.Translations into French and Italian appeared during Bacon's lifetime.But it is not only the difficulty and labor, which men take in finding out of truth, nor again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon4 men's thoughts, that doth bring lies in favor; but a natural though corrupt love, of the lie itself. One of the later school5 of the Saith he, If it be well weighed, to say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. Surely the wickedness of falsehood, and breach of faith, cannot possibly be so highly expressed, as in that it shall be the last peal, to call the judgments of God upon the generations of men; it being foretold, that when Christ cometh, he shall not find faith upon the earth. For these winding, and crooked courses, are the goings of the serpent; which goeth basely upon the belly, and not upon the feet.There is no vice, that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious.