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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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The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness. Francis Bacon
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I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto. Francis Bacon
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He that seeketh to be eminent amongst able men hath a great task; but that is ever good for the public. But he that plots to be the only figure amongst ciphers is the decay of a whole age. Francis Bacon
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To know truly is to know by causes. Francis Bacon
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Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards success. Francis Bacon
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I'm just trying to make images as accurately as possible off my nervous system as I can. Francis Bacon
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The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren, sometimes like a Fury. Francis Bacon
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Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the price of a diamond or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights. A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubt that, if there were taken out of men's minds vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds of a number of men poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves? Francis Bacon
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In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts. Francis Bacon
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I bequeath my soul to God... My body to be buried obscurely. For my name and memory, I leave it to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and the next age. Francis Bacon
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Antiquitas saeculi juventus mundi. [The age of antiquity is the youth of the world.] These times are the ancient times, when the world is ancient, and not those which we account ancient ordine retrogrado, by a computation backward from ourselves. Francis Bacon
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Like strawberry wives, that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot, and all the rest were little ones. Francis Bacon
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Sir Amice Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say. Stay a while, that we may make an end the sooner. Francis Bacon
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Come home to men's business and bosoms. Francis Bacon
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Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not shew the masks and mummeries and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candlelights. Francis Bacon
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There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame as to be found false and perfidious. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Francis Bacon
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Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust. Francis Bacon
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If a man can play the true logician, and have judgment as well as invention, he may do great matters. Francis Bacon
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Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect. Francis Bacon
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He that defers his charity until he is dead is, if a man weighs it rightly, rather liberal of another man's goods than his own. Francis Bacon
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There is nothing more certain in nature than that it is impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated. Francis Bacon
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Neither the naked hand nor the understanding left to itself can effect much. It is by instruments and helps that the work is done, which are as much wanted for the understanding as for the hand. And as the instruments of the hand either give motion or guide it, so the instruments of the mind supply either suggestions for the understanding or cautions. Francis Bacon
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There is no doubt but men of genius and leisure may carry our method to greater perfection, but, having had long experience, we have found none equal to it for the commodiousness it affords in working with the Understanding. Francis Bacon
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The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. 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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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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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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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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The worst solitude is to have no real friendships. Francis Bacon
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Silence is the virtue of fools. Francis Bacon
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Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible. Francis Bacon
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God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave. Francis Bacon
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There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self. Francis Bacon
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Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread. Francis Bacon
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