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|From Essay V|
Francis Bacon (15611626)
|.. THE VIRTUE 1 of Prosperity is Temperance; the Virtue of Adversity is Fortitude, which in Morals is the more heroical Virtue
| Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes. We see in Needle-works and Embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground. Judge therefore of the pleasure of the Heart, by the pleasure of the Eye. Certainly Virtue is like precious Odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed: For Prosperity doth best discover Vice, but Adversity doth best discover Virtue.|| 2|