The condition that gives birth to a rule is not the same as the condition to which the rule gives birth.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 530, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 392, "The Rule as Mother or as Child," (1879).)
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
(Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Innovations," (1597-1625).
In his Annotations to Bacon (c. 1798), William Blake commented: "What a cursed fool is this, Ill Shapen! Are infants or small plants ill shapen because they are not yet come to their maturity? What a contemptible fool is this Bacon!" (In Complete Writings, ed. Keynes, 1957).)