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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1997
AUTHOR: Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION: Ask counsel of both times—of the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.
ATTRIBUTION: FRANCIS BACON,Of Great Place,” The Essays, or Counsels Civil & Moral of Francis Bacon, p. 48 (1905). Based on the 1625 edition but with modernized spelling.