Quotation by Francis Bacon

Those who have handled sciences have either been men of experiment or men of dogmas. The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course; it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy.
Francis Bacon (1561–1626), British philosopher, essayist, political figure. Novum Organum, ed. J.M. Robertson, p. 288.

Contradicts the stereotype of Bacon as a simplistic empiricist.
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