– THE ESSAYS BY FRANCIS BACON –
Francis Bacon’s education was grounded in the classical texts of ancient Greece and Rome, but he brought vividness and color to the arid scholasticism of medieval book-learning. Whatever their subject, whether it is something as personal as “Friendship” or as abstract as “Truth,” the essays combine a mixture of rhetoric and philosophy; and are perhaps the most complete and rounded examples of Bacon’s literary style.
The genius of Francis Bacon is nowhere better revealed than in his essays.
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Francis Bacon rather than merely summarizing popular philosophy or producing glib expositions of correct conduct, Bacon attempted to change the shape of the other men’s minds. He believed the rhetoric, as the force eloquence and persuasion, could incline the mind towards the pure light of reason.
Of Truth by Francis Bacon
It is a pleasure, to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea. A pleasure, to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle, and the adventures thereof below.
But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.
A hill not to be commanded, and where the air is always clear and serene. And to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below. So always that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling, or pride. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man’s mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth. 
Of Travel by Francis Bacon
Travel in the younger sort is a part of education, in the elder, a part of experience. 
He that travelled into a country, before he had some entrance into the language, go to school, and not to travel.
That young men travel under some tutor or grave servant, I allow well. So that he be such a one that had the language and had been in the country before. Whereby he may be able to tell them what things are worthy to be seen in the country where they go.
Of Love by Francis Bacon
For there was never proud man thought so absurdly well of himself, as the lover doth of the person loved. And therefore it was well said,
That it is impossible to love, and to be wise.
Neither doth this weakness appear to others only, and not to the party loved. But to the loved most of all, except the love be reciproque. For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.