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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 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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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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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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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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