Francis Bacon quote about desire from The Essays of Francis Bacon - It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty: or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
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It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty: or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
 Francis Bacon, The Essays of Francis Bacon (1597). copy citation

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Author Francis Bacon
Source The Essays of Francis Bacon
Topic desire freedom power
Date 1597
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/575/575-h/575-h.htm

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“MEN in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state; servants of fame; and servants of business. So as they have no freedom; neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times. It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty: or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self. The rising unto place is laborious; and by pains, men come to greater pains; and it is sometimes base; and by indignities, men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing.” source

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