50. Of Studies
STUDIES serve for delight, for ornament, andfor capacity. Their chief use for delight, is inprivateness and also retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and also for capability, is in the judgment, anddisposition of business. For experienced guys have the right to execute, and maybe judge of particulars, one by one;however the basic counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come finest, from those that arelearned. To spend too much time in research studies is sloth;to use them as well much for ornament, is affectation;to make judgment wholly by their rules, is thehumor of a scholar. They perfect nature, and also areperfected by experience: for herbal abilities arechoose natural plants, that require proyning, by study;and also studies themselves, perform give forth directions tooa lot at huge, other than they be bounded in by experience. Crafty males contemn researches, straightforward menadmire them, and also wise guys usage them; for theyteach not their own use; yet that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believeand also take for granted; nor to uncover talk and discourse; however to weigh and also consider. Some publications areto be tasted, others to be swallowed, and also some fewto be chewed and also digested; that is, some publications areto be review just in parts; others to be check out, but notcuriously; and also some few to be check out wholly, andwith diligence and attention. Some publications likewise perhaps review by deputy, and extracts made of them byothers; however that would be only in the much less crucial debates, and also the meaner sort of books, elsedistilled publications are prefer widespread distilled waters,flashy things. Reading maketh a complete man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact guy. Andtherefore, if a male create little, he had actually require havean excellent memory; if he confer little, he had actually needhave actually a existing wit: and if he review bit, he hadrequire have a lot shrewd, to seem to understand, thathe doth not. Histories make males wise; poets witty;the math subtile; herbal approach deep;ethical grave; logic and rhetoric able to complete.Abeunt studia in mores. Nay, tright here is no stond orimpediment in the wit, however might be wrought outby fit studies; favor as diseases of the body, mayhave actually proper exercises. Bowling is excellent forthe rock and reins; shooting for the lungs andbreast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding forthe head; and the favor. So if a man"s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for indemonstrations, if his wit be called away never sobit, he need to begin aget. If his wit be not apt todistinguish or discover distinctions, let him examine theSchoolmen; for they are cymini sectores. If he benot apt to beat over matters, and to call up onepoint to prove and illustrate one more, let him examine 197the lawyers" instances. So every defect of the mind,may have actually a one-of-a-kind receipt.
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