Stephen Holliday Certified Educator "On Revenge" is a typical, highly logical Bacon argument against private revenge and acknowledges that "public revenges are for the most part fortunate. Bacon's chief argument is that revenge is a perversion of the law--the first wrong is governed by the law but it's offensivebut the act of revenge is outside the law. Immediately appealing to a sense of moral superiority, Bacon points out Immediately appealing to a sense of moral superiority, Bacon points out that ignoring a wrong makes a man superior to the person who committed the first wrong.
Richard Nixon leaves the presidency in disgrace in after illegally spying on his political rivals and then lying about it to the American people. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong, putteth the law out of office.
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon. And Solomon, I am sure, saith, It is the glory of a man, to pass by an offence.
That which is past is gone, and irrevocable; and wise men have enough to do, with things present and to come; therefore they do but trifle with themselves, that labor in past matters.
There is no man doth a wrong, for the wrong's sake; but thereby to purchase himself profit, or pleasure, or honor, or the like. Therefore why should I be angry with a man, for loving himself better than me? And if any man should do wrong, merely out of ill-nature, why, yet it is but like the thorn or briar, which prick and scratch, because they can do no other.
The most tolerable sort of revenge, is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy; but then let a man take heed, the revenge be such as there is no law to punish; else a man's enemy is still before hand, and it is two for one.
Some, when they take revenge, are desirous, the party should know, whence it cometh. This is the more generous.
For the delight seemeth to be, not so much in doing the hurt, as in making the party repent. But base and crafty cowards, are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. Cosmus, duke of Florence, had a desperate saying against perfidious or neglecting friends, as if those wrongs were unpardonable; You shall read saith he that we are commanded to forgive our enemies; but you never read, that we are commanded to forgive our friends.
But yet the spirit of Job was in a better tune: Shall we saith he take good at God's hands, and not be content to take evil also? And so of friends in a proportion.
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well. Public revenges are for the most part fortunate; as that for the death of Caesar; for the death of Pertinax; for the death of Henry the Third of France; and many more.
But in private revenges, it is not so. Nay rather, vindictive persons live the life of witches; who, as they are mischievous, so end they infortunate.Seene and Allowed () was the first published book by the philosopher, statesman and jurist Francis Bacon.
The Essays are written in a wide range of styles, from the .
by Francis Bacon Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong putteth the law out of office.
© CommonLit. ™ | CommonLit is a (c)(3) non-profit organization. CommonLit is a (c)(3) non-profit organization. Bacon’s Essayes. Francis Bacon first published ten Essayes in on aspects of public life such as ‘Honour and Reputation’, ‘Ceremonies’ and ‘Studies’, with a second edition of 38 essays appearing in The final set of 58 essays () explores wide-ranging facets of civil life – ‘Custom and Education’, ‘Marriage and Single Life’, ‘Empire’, ‘Unity .
Sir Francis Bacon's short essay "On Revenge" (), which espouses a Judeo-Christian philosophy, lists the following reasons against taking revenge: 1. Revenge is against the law, both God's. Sir Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author.
In he wrote a short story called “Of Revenge”. When I came across the short story in my book Reading Literature and Writing Argument I became interested in the story after reading the title.