Of Discourse by Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Of Discourse by Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  • Some people would rather be known as being witty & being able to hold an argument than to be known for judgment & being able to discern truth.
    • As if it were higher praise to be said to know what to say rather than to know how to think
    • Some people have topics they stick to & can’t stray too far away from them. That makes you tedious & once people see you that way, you become ridiculous to them
    • The best thing is to give the occasion & to be able to pass it off as something else. This allows a man to dance verbally.
      • Then you’ll be able to vary & intermingle speech on the topic with arguments, tell tales with reasons, asking questions with telling of opinion & to joke in honesty
      • It’s really boring to go on & on about the same thing in the same way
    • Some things ought to be privileged from joking around – religions, politics, great people & anything important to a man & anything deserving of pity
      • Some people will make you think that their brains are asleep & then suddenly they’re all over the place.
        • The key is to be able to rein it all in & control it
    • Man ought to find the difference between bitterness & saltiness
      • If you’re of a satirical variety, you might scare people off
  • If you ask a lot of questions, you’ll learn a lot but especially if you ask questions in a very skilled manner. You’ll present opportunities for learning.
    • Don’t be troublesome in your questions either.
    • Allow others the opportunity to respond. If you take all the time, learn how to relinquish it for others. Their role in the conversation will enrich yours. If you spend all your time spouting out knowledge, you’ll never take any in
  • If you do speak about yourself, do it seldom & carefully. I’ve never heard anybody ever say – He smart be a smart man because he won’t stop talking about himself
    • Discretion in your speech is much more important than any eloquence. To speak agreeably is more important than to speak in good words or order
    • A good continued speech without conversation shows your slowness. A good reply without good settled speech shows you are shallow or slow.
    • We see in the animal kingdom that the weakest creatures are often the nimblest.
    • To use too much talk to beat around the bush is wearisome. Not to use any at all is blunt

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