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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

1949 Franis Baon 1561-1626 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. 1
Note 1.
Who are a little wise the best fools be.—Dr. John Donne: Triple Fool.

A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.—Thomas Fuller: The Holy State. The True Church Antiquary.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.—Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism, part ii. line 15. [back]