A shrewd Scotchman says: "It may be said that to men wishing to rise in the world by politic management of their fellowmen, Bacon's Essays are the best handbook hitherto published."
Bacon testified that his essays were the most popular of his writings because they "came home to men's business and bosoms."
His moral essays are beautiful; but in that province nothing can exceed the Rambler, though Johnson used to say, that the essay on "the burthens of mankind," (in the Spectator, No. 558,) was the most exquisite he had ever read.
These essays are exercises in critical thinking.
Addison's essays were a great factor in improving the morals of his age.
Though these essays are all criticisms or appreciations of the life of his age, they are all intensely personal.
An advertisement in the beginning of the first volume informs us, that twelve entire essays were a contribution from different hands.
His first essay was “Nature.”
Except that Lamb has disguised his real employment, this essay is practically a record of fact.
Or are tracts to be distributed only to those who will find their doctrine agreeable, and are the Society's colporteurs to be instructed that a Temperance essay is the proper thing for a total-abstinent infidel, and a sermon on the Atonement for a distilling deacon?
The first essay to bring into favourable notice the produce of Colonial cattle was, so far as I can collect, a volume published in 1872, and called "Receipts for Cooking Australian Meat, with Directions for preparing Sauces suitable for the same."
We have spoken of him as a master of the art of gentle living, and these essays are a perpetual inducement to others to know and to practice the same fine art.
His essay on Diderot, his lecture on Rousseau, his chapters on Voltaire, with all their brilliance, penetration, and incomparable satire, were the high-water mark in this country of the literary reaction against the French school of Revolution.
Now I don’t want this essay to be a slam dunk contest, but it’s genuinely hard not to make fun of these people, and that’s kind of the point.
Footnote 187: Pope's satires, for instance, are strongly suggested in Boileau; his Rape of the Lock is much like the mock-heroic Le Lutrin; and the "Essay on Criticism," which made him famous, is an English edition and improvement of L'Art Poétique.
Wordsworth's favourite essays in this volume were "The Wedding" and "Old China."
The thirteen shrewd, suggestive, and practical essays which compose the present volume are transcripts of his own experience and meditations, and teem with facts and observations such as might be expected from the clear insight of a man who has mingled with his fellow-men, and who is curiously critical of the non-romantic phenomena of their daily life.
IV THE PERSONAL ESSAY The Personal Essay is a peculiar form of literature, entirely different from critical essays like those of Matthew Arnold and from purely reflective essays, like those of Bacon.
But, the essay that readers of the will probably find most intriguing is the final entry, Marcelo Dascal's The Beyond Enterprise.
The whole Essay is a mere stagnant level, no one part of it so far rising above the rest as to bespeak the work of a superior hand.
The opening essay, The Languages, is Wilhelm's, and properly, for at this time he was by far the better versed in philological and literary matters.
In the present case, however, there is more than this, for his essay is a monument of deep and loving scholarship, and whether we agree or not with its conclusions, it adds greatly to our knowledge of the subject.
An interesting essay in local history is L. H. Tasker, The United Empire Loyalist Settlement at Long Point, Lake Erie (Ontario Historical Society, Papers and Records, II).
The essay on History was a protest against the scientific view of history which attempts to explain away and account for the wonderful.
Dr. Janet's essay is the dernier cri of science, and leaves Dr. Nevius just where it found him.
From a drawing by B. Westmacott.] Other enjoyable essays are Old China, a lovable picture of his home life with his sister, Dream Children, New Year's Eve, and Poor Relations.
The essays most worthy of mention in this class are Sir William Temple, Lord Clive, Warren Hastings, and William Pitt, Earl of Chatham.
Bacon's ESSAYS AND ELEMENTS OF LOGIC were the first Emily beheld, and while she stood regarding them with mingled horror and respect, in ran Avice to fetch them, as the two sisters are reading up for the Oxford exam'ination' she added when she saw her two feeble-minded aunts looking for the rest of the word.
Essays were her forte.
This essay is copyright under Canadian and International law to Peter Timusk.
The most important and serious essay in this direction is a little book of great interest and almost hypercritical acumen published recently at Naples.
[Footnote 144: Karl Hampe: "Belgiens Vergangenheit und Gegenwart" ("Belgium Past and Present"), p. 49.] Professor Schoenborn's essay on Belgian neutrality is the least satisfactory exposition of the three professorial effusions; it is no credit to a man of learning, and is merely the work of an incapable partisan trying to make a bad cause into a good one.
The essay on Inspiration is an instance of this.
The "Essay" is the best known and the most quoted of all Pope's works.
In general, though, the film essays are a bit, uh, limp.
These essays are not mere compilations, mere digests of learned information; they are studies of large subjects done in a large and inspiring manner.
This essay is not a treatise on the theory of poetry, but a thoughtful discussion of the place of poetry in the education of young men.
His last notable essays were a chivalrous article on Madame D'Arblay (January, 1843); an entirely charming account of Addison and the wits of Queen Anne's reign (July, 1843); an interesting review of the Memoirs of Barère, the French revolutionist and writer (April, 1844); and finally a second article on Lord Chatham (October, 1844), which is considered finer than the first one written twenty years earlier.
His essays are perfect units, made up of many parts, systems within systems, that play together without clog or friction.
Macaulay's Essays are generally word-pictures of remarkable men and remarkable events, but of men of action rather than of quiet meditation.
The essay upon Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts is the best example of his humor.
The essays in this book, with the exception of one, are much needed and useful analyses of a theology which contributes to the revolutionary turmoil in the Third World.
But the grand essay of skill was the cover of this pasty, whereon the curious cook had contrived to represent all the once-living forms that were now entombed in that gorgeous sepulchre.
His mind was evidently hazy on the subject, and that is probably the reason why his essay remained a fragment.
The first ten essays, published in 1597, were brief notebook jottings of Bacon's observations.
This photographic essay is an annotated walk through the free markets also called farmers' markets in China.
"The Essay on Man is a philosophical poem with the avowed object of vindicating the ways of God to man.
Such an essay on Bentham, however, were a great task for any one; for me a very great one, and perhaps rather out of my road."
The essays upon War and Despotism are, perhaps, the ablest in these volumes, and deserve to be seriously viewed in the light of passing events.
His essays in 1830 on Southey and Montgomery, and one in 1831 on Croker's edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson, were fierce, scathing onslaughts, even cruel and crushing,revealing Macaulay's tremendous powers of invective and remorseless criticism, but reflecting little credit on his disposition or his judgment.
But his other dramatic essays were failures, and he returned to romance.
This photo essay is a collection of images taken by Toronto-based freelance photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell during his recent deployments with the Red Cross to Moose Cree First Nation – a remote community off the James Bay coast in Northern Ontario.
This two-part essay is a guest post by Lacey McRae Williams, an urban planner and artist who is happiest when she can use art to connect people while benefiting the natural environment.
The essay on Thinking for Oneself is a rendering of certain remarks under the heading Selbstdenken.
He began to practise, at least, honestly, for he began upon himself; and his first essay was a prelude to his future success, for having laid aside all the prescriptions of his physicians, and all the applications of his surgeons, he at last, by tormenting the part with salt and urine, effected a cure.
From this it appears that the Essays and Reviews are seven in number, each by a different author, and that they treat chiefly of topics connected with the study of Scripture,the only one not directly indicating its relation to this study by its title being the first, on "The Education of the World," by the Reverend Frederick Temple, Head Master of Rugby School.
The last-named essay, which is found in the Discourses in America, is hardly a satisfactory estimate of Emerson, but its singular charm of manner and its atmosphere of intellectual culture make it perhaps the most characteristic of Arnold's prose writings.
Any single Essay in the volume might, perhaps, without any extravagance of supposition, have been the work of some American scholar; but the difficulty would be to find here seven writers each capable of producing one of the Essays.
To those who really love reading and have some sympathy with humanity, Montaigne's Essays are a "perpetual refuge and delight," and it is interesting to reflect how far in literary fame this man, who talked about his meals, his horse, and his cat, outshines thousands of scholarly and talented writers, who discussed only the most serious themes in politics and religion.
The Essay on the Fates of Clergymen is another study from the Contempt, while the fragment of the tract which he had begun, Concerning that Universal Hatred which prevails against the Clergy, brings us still more closely to Eachard.
Too frequently, there is "no story": a series of episodes however charmingly strung out is not a story; a sketch, however clever or humorous, is not a story; an essay, however wisely expounding a truth, is not a story.
Bacon's essays are the unique masterpiece in our literature of this oracular wisdom of life, applied to the scattered occasions of men's existence.
One fact only may be noted in passing,that the essay on Adversity, which contains that most memorable and noble sentence, "Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, Adversity is the blessing of the New," is one of those added in the last edition, after Bacon himself had experienced all the bitterness of adversity.
Bacon's famous Essays is the one work which will interest all students of our literature.
This ambitious literary essay, though it met with remarkable success, is a disappointment to the reader.