Francis Bacon quote about revenge from The Essays of Francis Bacon - Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
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Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
 Francis Bacon, The Essays of Francis Bacon (1597). copy citation

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Author Francis Bacon
Source The Essays of Francis Bacon
Topic revenge justice nature law
Date 1597
Language English
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“And it was a notable observation of a wise father, and no less ingenuously confessed; that those which held and persuaded pressure of consciences, were commonly interested therein, themselves, for their own ends.
Of Revenge REVENGE is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong, putteth the law out of office. Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon.” source

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