Francis Bacon quote about death from The Essays of Francis Bacon - Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children, is increased with tales, so is the other.
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Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children, is increased with tales, so is the other.
 Francis Bacon, The Essays of Francis Bacon (1597). copy citation

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“Surely the wickedness of falsehood, and breach of faith, cannot possibly be so highly expressed, as in that it shall be the last peal, to call the judgments of God upon the generations of men; it being foretold, that when Christ cometh, he shall not find faith upon the earth.
Of Death MEN fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children, is increased with tales, so is the other. Certainly, the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto nature, is weak. Yet in religious meditations, there is sometimes mixture of vanity, and of superstition.” source

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