Saturday, March 12, 2022

“Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability.” -- Explain.

In this opening sentence of his essay 'Of Studies', Bacon states the benefits that we may derive from the reading of books or studies. According to Bacon the benefits are threefold, - delight, ornament and ability. Reading of books gives us pleasure and delight. The joy of reading is particularly attractive to us in the seclusion or isolation of private life. The pleasure derived from studies is free from bad after-effects and is not like the enjoyment of gross sensual pleasure. Study of books uplifts our sentiments and ennobles. our spirit or soul.

Studies also serve as ornament, refine our speech and help us become good speakers. Studies help a man to learn what to say, how to say and when to say. Studies not only teach us decorative and polished language but also how to use it and for what purpose. A man who has done much studies stands apart, in his own glory, from the common run of men who can hardly speak intelligently and persuasively. Besides, studies enhance our natural abilities. Studies increase the power of judgment and give us indications regarding the way in which we should proceed in life.