Introductory Essay to Essays on this Blog I’ve decided to start writing essays or thoughts on here. It was my New Year’s Resolution to make a post on this website every day – no matter how large or small. Just seeing the blog entry calendar loaded for the first coupleContinue Reading

Of Death – Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Men fear death like kids fear the dark Natural fear of the dark is increased by tales & so is fear of death The contemplation of death is holy & religious but the fear of it is weakness In religion, there’s often aContinue Reading

Of Adversity – Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) In a speech, Seneca said – the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired If miracles are command over nature, they definitely appear in adversity In another speech,Continue Reading

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830) Swift’s ability as a poet is often overlooked because of his ability to write prose If he had never written “Tale of a Tub” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, he’d still be known as a poet Dry humor, agreeable morality, exquisite tone of irony, touching pathosContinue Reading

“Contentment” by Plutarch (46-120 AD) How can money, reputation or power contribute to happiness & an untroubled life unless men find their presence agreeable & don’t always miss their absence What other than reason can restrain the irrational from getting out of control? Xenophon told us to be mindful ofContinue Reading

“The Character of Socrates” by Xenophon Socrates always said what was on his mind to friends Also made sure that they were independent enough to pursue the avenues they were suited for He knew all his friends very well – often probing their minds w/ questions He taught his friendsContinue Reading

Of Youth & Age – Francis Bacon Youth is a relative term Your mind is the real key But the youth tend to have a wilder imagination But some people are a bit too crazy & passionate to do anything productive Look at Caesar & Septimius Severus Septimius was knownContinue Reading

“Upon Some Verses of Virgil” by Michel de Montaigne Montaigne is getting older and all he’s got left is to look back at life. He wants to live a comfortable life but wants to be temperate and moderate. This is difficult because comfort requires avoiding pain and that means goingContinue Reading

any That the Relish of Good and Evil Depends in a Great Measure upon the Opinion We Have of Them – Michel de Montaigne People are often bothered by their views on things, not the things themselves. We choose to see them as good or bad. If that’s so, whyContinue Reading

Montaigne is asked by Madame Diane de Foix, on what the best way of educating a child is. He starts off saying he doesn’t know and then goes on for many pages on the best sort of education. It’s very difficult to read into what a child’s natural talents areContinue Reading

“Of Pedantry” I was always annoyed, when watching Italian farces, to see the pedant (teacher, tutor) to be the complete idiot of the play. Perhaps it was because they just weren’t able to explain themselves to the rest of the characters but it seems that a lot of people areContinue Reading