Quotation by Francis Bacon

As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
Francis Bacon (1561–1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Innovations," (1597-1625).

In his Annotations to Bacon (c. 1798), William Blake commented: "What a cursed fool is this, Ill Shapen! Are infants or small plants ill shapen because they are not yet come to their maturity? What a contemptible fool is this Bacon!" (In Complete Writings, ed. Keynes, 1957).
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