His intellectual activities were directed towards practical ends from which the whole of society could benefit.
He wanted the universities to widen their curriculum from the then three traditional professions (theology, law and medicine) to include arts and sciences at large.
The essays became immediately popular because they presented a contrast to the discursive and ornate prose written by most writers of that time.
The civilized tone of the essays added to their charm.
Bacon considered his essays as just the recreation of his other studies, but his contemporaries gave him high praise and some even credited him with having invented the essay form. The essays have remained in the highest repute and are read with interest.
Henry Hallam, a well-known literary historian has stated that Bacon’ s essays “are deeper and more discriminating than any earlier, or almost any later, work in the English language”.His quotes are full of wisdom, and continue to live on and are applicable today.A man that is young in years, may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second.They increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death.The Essays, first published in 1597, contains essays written in a wide range of styles—from the plain and unadorned—to the epigrammatic and concise.Bacon's essays contain many phrases which were used by later writers like Adous Huxley.The 1999 edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations includes more than 90 quotations from Bacon’s essays.January 21, 1561 - April 9, 1626 Be inspired by the wisdom of Mr. He was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, and author.In addition he also served as the Lord Chancellor of England and as Attorney General in England.He was sentenced to a fine of £40,000 and committed to the Tower of London.However, the imprisonment lasted only a few days and the fine was remitted by the king.