给我留言 | 加入收藏 | 设为首页 | 会员中心 | 我要投稿 | RSS
| 学习榜样 | 古今学习模式与中外人才培养 | 基础学习 | 语言学习 | 人间美文 | 学习能力 | 学习工具 | 学习理论 |
您当前的位置:首页 > 快乐学习 > 人间美文

Of Marriage and Single Life Francis Bacon

时间:2009-12-05 16:39:52  来源:  作者:

 

    He that hath wife and children bath given hostage尹 to for-
tune;for they are impediments to great enterprises,  either of
virtue or mischief . Certainly the best works, and of greatest meat
for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men,
which both in affection and means have married and endowed the
public. Yet it were great reason that those that have children should
have greatest care of future times, unto which they know they must
transmit their dearest pledges.  Some there are who,  though they
lead a single life, yet their thoughts do end with themselves, and ac-
count future times impertinence尹.Nay, there are some other that
account wife and children but as bills of charges. Nay more, thereare some foolish rich covetou尹men that take a pride in having no
children, because they may be thought so much the richer. For per-
Naps they have heard some talk, "Such an one is a great rich man,”
and another except to it, "Yea, but he bath a great charge of chil-
dren";as if it were an abatement to his riches. But the most ordi-
nary cause of a single life is liberty, especialy in certain self-pleasing
and humorous minds,  which are so sensible of every restraint,  as
they wil  go near to think their girdles and garter尹to be bonds and
shackles. Unmarried men are best friends, best masters,  best ser-
wants, but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away,
and almost al  fugitives are of that condition. A single life doth wel
with churchmen, for charity wil  hardly water the ground where it
must first fill a pool. It is indifferent for fudges and magistrates, for
if they be facile and corrupt,  you shall have a servant five times
worse than a wife.  For soldiers,  I find the generals commonly in
their hortatives'} put men in mind of their wives and children; and I
think the despising of marriage amongst the Turks maketh the vul-
gar soldier more base. Certainly wife and children are a kind of dis-
cipline of humanity; and single men,  though they be many times
more charitable.,because their means are less exhaust, yet, on the
other side, they are more cruel and hard-hearted ( good to make se-
were inquisitors),because their tenderness is not so oft called upon.
Grave natures, led by custom, and therefore constant, are common-
1y loving husbands, as was said of Ulysses Vetulanz suam practulit
immortalztatz.Chaste women are often proud and froward, as pre-
suming upon the merit of their chastity. It is one of the best bonds,
both of chastity and obedience,  in the wife if she think her husband
wise,  which she will never do if she find him jealous.  Wives are
young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's
nurses, so as a man may have a quarrel to marry when he will. But
yet he was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the
question when a man should marry: "A young man not yet, an elder
man not at all".It is often seen that bad husbands have very good
wives; whether it be that it raiseth the price of their husbands kind-
ness when it comes, or that the wives take a pride in their patience.
But this never fails, if the bad husbands were of their own choosing
against their friends’consent;for then they will be sure to make
good their own folly.
来顶一下
返回首页
返回首页
发表评论 共有条评论
用户名: 密码:
验证码: 匿名发表
推荐资讯
相关文章
栏目更新
栏目热门