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Francis Bacon
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Ask counsel of both times-of the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest. Francis Bacon
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It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment. Francis Bacon
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Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Francis Bacon
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No receipt [recipe] openeth the heart, but a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it. Francis Bacon
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Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them. Francis Bacon
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Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon
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Boldness is a child of ignorance. Francis Bacon
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What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. Francis Bacon
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There is a superstition in avoiding superstition. Francis Bacon
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Books will speak plain when counsellors blanch. Francis Bacon
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A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. Francis Bacon
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Consistency is the foundation of virtue. Francis Bacon
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Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation. Francis Bacon
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Croesus said to Cambyses; That peace was better than war; because in peace the sons did bury their fathers, but in wars the fathers did bury their sons. 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. Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public. He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question, when a man should marry a young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon
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They that deny a God destroy man's nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. Francis Bacon
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Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is. Francis Bacon
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Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people's plate. Francis Bacon
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Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Francis Bacon
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My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next are. Francis Bacon
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Studies teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Francis Bacon
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Physic is of little use to a temperate person, for a man's own observation on what he finds does him good, and what hurts him is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
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Fortune is not content to do a man one ill turn. Francis Bacon
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A man's nature is best perceived in privateness, for there is no affectation; in passion, for that putteth a man out of his precepts; and in a new case or experiment, for there custom leaveth him. Francis Bacon
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Believe not much them that seem to despise riches; for they despise them that despair of them; and none are worse when they come to them. Be not penny-wise; riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves, sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. Francis Bacon
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A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return. Francis Bacon
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Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past. Francis Bacon
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That is the best part of beauty which a picture cannot express. Francis Bacon
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In contemplation, if a man begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
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It has been well said that the arch-flatterer with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence is a man's self. Francis Bacon
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All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great. Francis Bacon
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The introduction of noble inventions seems to hold by far the most excellent place among human actions. Francis Bacon
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So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top. Francis Bacon
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Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason. Francis Bacon
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A trust is an obligation of conscience of one to the will of another. Francis Bacon
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Of great riches there is no real use, except in the distribution; the rest is but conceit. Francis Bacon
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A man that hath no virtue in himself ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon their own good or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one will prey upon the other. Francis Bacon
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For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves. Francis Bacon
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All authority must be out of a man's self, turned... either upon an art, or upon a man. Francis Bacon
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The proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come often, great gains now and then. Francis Bacon
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Death openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. Francis Bacon
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Socrates was pronounced by the Oracle of Delphos to be the wisest man in Greece, which he would turn from himself ironically, saying there could be nothing in him to verify the oracle, except this, that he was not wise and knew it, and others were not wise and knew it not. Francis Bacon
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The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears; they cannot utter the one, nor they will not utter the other. Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter; increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death. Francis Bacon
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I paint for myself. I don't know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself. Francis Bacon
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Atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon
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If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him. Francis Bacon
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Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority. Francis Bacon
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As is the garden such is the gardener. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds. Francis Bacon
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The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before. Francis Bacon
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Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint. Francis Bacon
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Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit. Francis Bacon
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He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. Francis Bacon
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Do not wonder if the common people speak more truly than those above them: they speak more safely. Francis Bacon
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Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. Francis Bacon
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Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes...and whatever lies upon the heart.... Francis Bacon
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The inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or the wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. Francis Bacon
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If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not. Francis Bacon
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The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer. Francis Bacon
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If I go to the National Gallery and I look at one of the great paintings that excite me there, it's not so much the painting that excites me as that the painting unlocks all kinds of valves of sensation within me which return me to life more violently. Francis Bacon
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My painting is not violent, it's life that is violent. Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves, the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life. We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death. Francis Bacon
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First the amendment of their own minds. For the removal of the impediments of the mind will sooner clear the passages of fortune than the obtaining fortune will remove the impediments of the mind. Francis Bacon
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He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question when a man should marry? 'A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.' Francis Bacon
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A little science estranges a man from God; a lot of science brings him back. Francis Bacon
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I think that one of the things is that, if you are going to decide to be a painter, you have got to decide that you are not going to be afraid of making a fool of yourself. I think another thing is to be able to find subjects which really absorb you to try and do. I feel that without a subject you automatically go back into decoration because you haven't got the subject which is always eating into you to bring it back - and the greatest art always returns you to the vulnerability of the human situation. Francis Bacon
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All artists are vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free. Francis Bacon
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What then remains but that we still should cry, For being born, and, being born, to die? Francis Bacon
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... wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity. Francis Bacon
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The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought. Francis Bacon
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I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance. Francis Bacon
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I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do. Francis Bacon
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