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.
In general it proved that an alliance, to be effective, must be clearly defined as to its objects, and that in the long run the treaty in which these objects are defined must - to quote Bismarck's somewhat cynical dictum - "be reinforced by the interests" of the parties concerned.
Once such a dictum has been cited, the rest of the discussion is treated as by-play and goes for nothing.