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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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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon
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A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. Francis Bacon
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Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. Francis Bacon
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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other. Francis Bacon
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A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. Francis Bacon
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To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. Francis Bacon
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The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. 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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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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Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity. 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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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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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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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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