Occam's dictum "Entia non multiplicanda sunt praeter necessitatem" was inspired by a spirit similar to that of Bacon.
His favourite dictum in politics was, "Why not leave it alone ?"
The famous dictum "Every man is the architect of his own fortune" is attributed to him.
But whilst all the organic processes in man go on mechanically, and though by reflex action he may repel attack unconsciously, still the first affirmation of the system was that man was essentially a thinking being; and, while we retain this original dictum, it must not be supposed that the mind is a mere spectator, or like the boatman in the boat.
Yet, after all, Fichte's dictum holds good that knowledge as knowledge - i.e.