||[Nov. 22nd, 2007|01:54 pm]
I have been reading up on Francis Bacon in preparation for the lecture at Treadwells next week.
I particularly like this quote from his Colours of Good and Evil...
It's the idea of great enterprises of mischief I like. None of your piddling about removing "wet paint" signs from park benches, we're talking big league mischief. Presumably along the lines of invade Poland... But that sort of takes the enterprise out of the realms of "mischief" and smack bang in the realm of very evil.
"He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune;
for they are impediments to great enterprises,
either of virtue or mischief."
Strange how words meanings morph of the years. I guess he could be using the word in it's meaning of the opposite of achieve... to come to a bad end.