Essay on Youth and Age

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business. For the experience of age, in things that fall within the compass of it, directeth them; but in new things, abuseth them. The errors of young men are the ruin of business; but the errors of aged men amount but to this, that more might have been done, or sooner. Young men, in the conduct and management of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end, without consideration of the means and degrees; pursue some few principles which they have chanced upon absurdly; care not how they innovate, which draws unknown inconveniences; and, that which doubleth all errors, will not acknowledge or retract them; like an unready horse, that will neither stop nor turn. Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. Certainly, it is good to compound employments of both ... because the virtues of either age may correct the defects of both.

Francis Bacon, Essay on Youth and Age

Vocabulary Help

  • fitter - mais adequados a
  • judge - julgar
  • counsel - aconselhar
  • settled - estabelecido, consolidado
  • business - negocio
  • fall - cair
  • embrace - abracar
  • hold - segurar
  • stir - agitar
  • fly - voar
  • means - meios
  • pursue - perseguir
  • care - importar-se
  • draws - atrair


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