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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

A trust is an obligation of conscience of one to the will of another. Francis Bacon

Of great riches there is no real use, except in the distribution; the rest is but conceit. Francis Bacon

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

For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves. Francis Bacon

All authority must be out of a man's self, turned... either upon an art, or upon a man. Francis Bacon

The proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come often, great gains now and then. Francis Bacon

Death openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. Francis Bacon

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

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

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. Francis Bacon

There is nothing more certain in nature than that it is impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated. Francis Bacon

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

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

Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason Francis Bacon

If a man can play the true logician, and have judgment as well as invention, he may do great matters. Francis Bacon

Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect. Francis Bacon

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

Ask counsel of both times-of the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest. Francis Bacon

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

Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Francis Bacon

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

Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them. Francis Bacon

Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon

Boldness is a child of ignorance. Francis Bacon

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. Francis Bacon

There is a superstition in avoiding superstition. Francis Bacon

Books will speak plain when counsellors blanch. Francis Bacon

A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. Francis Bacon

Consistency is the foundation of virtue. Francis Bacon

Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

Come home to men's business and bosoms. Francis Bacon

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

There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame as to be found false and perfidious. Francis Bacon

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Francis Bacon

Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust. Francis Bacon

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

Atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon

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

Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority. Francis Bacon

As is the garden such is the gardener. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds. Francis Bacon

The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before. Francis Bacon

Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint. Francis Bacon

Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit. Francis Bacon

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. Francis Bacon

Do not wonder if the common people speak more truly than those above them: they speak more safely. Francis Bacon

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

A little science estranges a man from God; a lot of science brings him back. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. Francis Bacon



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