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New Atlantis (1624)
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A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out.
That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, "that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off.
Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high.
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible.
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