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Francis Bacon On Adversity

A Philosophical Hymn to Fortitude

Francis Bacon’s “Of Adversity” is less than 400 words in length. It is however one of the most beautiful of his Essays, both in its theme and in its language.

“It was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics),” Bacon begins, “that the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong…




These little essays survey Bacon’s greatly admired, but rarely examined Essays, or Counsels, Civil and Moral. They break down the innate language, draw out and apply the many discerning observations and memorable points of advice, and try to tie their diverse threads together.

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Articles on philosophy, psychology & classical thought (notably Stoic) for those interested in renewing, spreading, and applying these ideas today.

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