Monday, November 9, 2009

Essay: "Of Adverstiy." Francis Bacon.

10-second review: Prosperity vs. adversity.


“That the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.”

“The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude.”

“Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New….”

“…the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.”

“…for prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.”

Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson. New York: Washington Square Press, Inc. 1960.

What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.

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