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When Christ came into the world, peace was sung; and when He went out of the world, peace was bequeathed. Francis Bacon
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To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none. Francis Bacon
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I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken all knowledge to be my province. Francis Bacon
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Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend. Francis Bacon
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Brutes by their natural instinct have produced many discoveries, whereas men by discussion and the conclusions of reason have given birth to few or none. Francis Bacon
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For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. Francis Bacon
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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
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Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance. Francis Bacon
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The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon. Francis Bacon
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He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Francis Bacon
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Rebellions of the belly are the worst. Francis Bacon
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I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death. Francis Bacon
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the serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself. Francis Bacon
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The surest way to prevent seditions...is to take away the matter of them. Francis Bacon
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Truth is a naked and open daylight, that does not show the masques, and mummeries, and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. . . A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure Francis Bacon
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...those experiments be not only esteemed which have an immediate and present use, but those principally which are of most universal consequence for invention of other experiments, and those which give more light to the invention of causes; for the invention of the mariner's needle, which giveth the direction, is of no less benefit for navigation than the invention of the sails, which give the motion. Francis Bacon
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Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon
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Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature. Beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything. Francis Bacon
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It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. Francis Bacon
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So ambitious men, if they find the way open for their rising, and still get forward, they are rather busy than dangerous; but if they be checked in their desires, they become secretly discontent, and look upon men and matters with an evil eye, and are best pleased, when things go backward. Francis Bacon
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People prefer to believe what they want to be true. Francis Bacon
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In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties. Francis Bacon
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Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he makes his wings shorter. Francis Bacon
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Nothing is to be feared but fear. Francis Bacon
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Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. Francis Bacon
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Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not. Francis Bacon
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Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me? Francis Bacon
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Great Hypocrites are the real atheists. Francis Bacon
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A man were better relate himself to a statue or picture than to suffer his thoughts to pass in smother. Francis Bacon
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If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. Francis Bacon
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It is rightly laid down that 'true knowledge is knowledge by causes'. Also the establishment of four causes is not bad: material, formal, efficient and final. Francis Bacon
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Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements,-as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man. Francis Bacon
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Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. Francis Bacon
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That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off. Francis Bacon
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For behavior, men learn it, as they take diseases, one of another. Francis Bacon
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Self-respect is, next to religion, the chiefest bridle of all vices. Francis Bacon
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The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky, which is a meeting or knot of a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together; so are there a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate. Francis Bacon
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If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of Church and State. Francis Bacon
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Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows vain persons than virtuous ones. Francis Bacon
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Surely the continual habit of dissimulation is but a weak and sluggish cunning, and not greatly politic. Francis Bacon
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Despise no new accident in your body, but ask opinion of it.... There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic. A man's observation, what he finds good and of what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
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Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution. Francis Bacon
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But as young men, when they knit and shape perfectly, do seldom grow to a further stature, so knowledge, while it is in aphorisms and observations, it is in growth: but when it once is comprehended in exact methods, it may perchance, be further polished and illustrate and accommodated for use and practice; but it increaseth no more in bulk and substance. Francis Bacon
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Antiquities, or remnants of history, are, as was said, tanquam tabula naufragii: when industrious persons, by an exact and scrupulous diligence and observation, out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books that concern not story, and the like, do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. Francis Bacon
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The light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs. Francis Bacon
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A lie faces God and shrinks from man. Francis Bacon
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A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. Francis Bacon
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Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts. Francis Bacon
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My essays... come home, to men's business, and bosoms. Francis Bacon
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The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but in love. Francis Bacon
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That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain. Francis Bacon
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Praise yourself daringly, something always sticks. Francis Bacon
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In taking revenge a man is but equal to his enemy, but in passing it over he is his superior. Francis Bacon
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We cannot think too oft there is a never, never-sleeping Eye, which reads the heart, and registers our thoughts. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Francis Bacon
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I would by all means have men beware, lest Ęsop's pretty fable of the fly that sate [sic] on the pole of a chariot at the Olympic races and said, 'What a dust do I raise,' be verified in them. For so it is that some small observation, and that disturbed sometimes by the instrument, sometimes by the eye, sometimes by the calculation, and which may be owing to some real change in the heaven, raises new heavens and new spheres and circles. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding is moved by those things most which strike and enter the mind simultaneously and suddenly, and so fill the imagination; and then it feigns and supposes all other things to be somehow, though it cannot see how, similar to those few things by which it is surrounded. Francis Bacon
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The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good. Francis Bacon
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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. Francis Bacon
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There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. Francis Bacon
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He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon
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The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon
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Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. Francis Bacon
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People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom. Francis Bacon
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There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. Francis Bacon
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Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon
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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Francis Bacon
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Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. Francis Bacon
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Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon
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