“Of Love” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Of Love” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

  • Love is best kept to the stage instead of real life
    • It’s usually best for comedies but once in a while for tragedies
    • Of all great men in history only Marcus Antonius & Appius Claudius were not able to keep love in check
  • Epicurus said “We are each for one another a theater large enough.”
    • As if man should only kneel before an idol & make himself subject for higher purposes
    • It’s funny how the only appropriate time to speak in hyperbole in when you’re madly in love
    • The only person who’s a greater flatterer than an egotist [who flatters himself] is a man in love
      • No insanely vain person ever thought of himself in the way a man in love speaks of his loved one
      • It’s impossible to be wise & be in love
      • Everyone can see that except the one who reciprocates this love
        • Love is either reciprocated or held in contempt, never ignored
    • Men ought to beware of the passion of love, which is worse than other bad things
    • Alexander/Paris fell afoul of the goddesses & turned down all glory & riches to be with Helen
  • Passionate love floods in times of weakness
    • It’s best to keep it in check because it can ruin you
    • Military men are given to love just as they are to the bottle
      • Perils are often paid in pleasures
  • Being in love makes a man more humane & charitable towards others
    • Nuptial love makes mankind
    • Friendly love perfects it
    • Wanton love corrupts it & abases it

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