Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability.
Bacon wrote a series of essays in the late 1500s to the early 1600s.
One of those essays was called "Of Studies." In this essay Bacon states his depiction of education and learning.
If you’re in school, this can be a great motivator to hit the books.
If you’re not in school, it’s a reminder that learning should continue outside the walls of the classroom.
If his wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the Schoolmen; for they are [splitters of hairs].
If he be not apt to beat over matters, and to call up one thing to prove and illustrate another, let him study the lawyers’ cases.
Bowling is good for the stone and reins; shooting for the lungs and breast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding for the head; and the like.
So if a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.
For instance, those who play sports practice and learn about their sport because they want to, not because they have to.
There are, however, some people who gain knowledge for mere ornament.