Quote by Francis Bacon, The Advancement o
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.Bacon was referring to Jesus
This quote by Bacon suggests that in order to have a balanced understanding of wisdom and innocence, one must be aware of the darker side of human nature and the existence of evil. It implies that true virtue cannot be appreciated without an understanding of the vices and challenges that it stands against. The reference to joining serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency alludes to the idea of finding harmony between knowledge and purity, but only when one is fully aware of the potential pitfalls and temptations associated with wisdom.
I'm not certain, but I have a little gypsy blood in me. And my mother always told me that her grandma could give someone the evil eye, and I'd better not cross her because she had some of that blood in her. Mother always believed that she could predict the future, and she had dreams that came true.
Jenny replied to this with a bitterness which might have surprized a judicious person, who had observed the tranquillity with which she bore all the affronts to her chastity; but her patience was perhaps tired out, for this is a virtue which is very apt to be fatigued by exercise.