Quotation by Francis Bacon

Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in the course of nature: beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.
Francis Bacon (1560–1626), British leading political figure, essayist. The Great Instauration, Aphorism 1, p. 272, Essays, Advancement of Learning, New Atlantis, and Other Pieces, ed. Richard Foster Jones, Odyssey Press, New York (1937).

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