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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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Money is a great servant but a bad master. Francis Bacon
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The Syllogism consists of propositions, propositions consist of words, words are symbols of notions. Therefore if the notions themselves (which is the root of the matter) are confused and over-hastily abstracted from the facts, there can be no firmness in the superstructure. Our only hope therefore lies in a true induction. Francis Bacon
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Again there is another great and powerful cause why the sciences have made but little progress; which is this. It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed. Francis Bacon
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It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt. Francis Bacon
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It is madness and a contradiction to expect that things which were never yet performed should be effected, except by means hitherto untried. Francis Bacon
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Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion. Francis Bacon
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If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted Francis Bacon
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Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon
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I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. Francis Bacon
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Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon
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Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Francis Bacon
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Opportunity makes a thief. Francis Bacon
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The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. Francis Bacon
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He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other. Francis Bacon
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The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. Francis Bacon
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Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety. Francis Bacon
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Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience. Francis Bacon
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I know not how, but martial men are given to love. I think it is but as they are given to wine; for perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures. Francis Bacon
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It hath 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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He that cometh to seek after knowledge with a mind to scorn and censure shall be sure to find matter for his humor, but none for his instruction. Francis Bacon
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The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs. Francis Bacon
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Do not overwork the mind any more than the body; do everything with moderation. Francis Bacon
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He that travels into a country before he has some entrance into the language, goeth to school and not to travel. Francis Bacon
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Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; 't is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort. Francis Bacon
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Men believe that their reason governs their words; but it often happens the words have power to react on reason. Francis Bacon
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The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools, and arguments are fitted to practice in a reversed order. Francis Bacon
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God grant that we may contend with other churches as the vine with the olive which of us shall bear the best fruit; but not as the brier with the thistle, which of us shall be most unprofitable. Francis Bacon
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Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Francis Bacon
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When any of the four pillars of government are mainly shaken or weakened - which are religion, justice, counsel and treasure - men need to pray for fair weather. Francis Bacon
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Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow, the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though drawn by a child. Francis Bacon
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Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken, do invite men to inquire further; whereas methods carrying the show of a total do secure men, as if they were at furthest. Francis Bacon
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Knowledge is not a shop for profit or sale, but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of men's estate. Francis Bacon
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Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug. Francis Bacon
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Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface. Francis Bacon
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A good name is like precious ointment; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. Francis Bacon
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Time, which is the author of authors. Francis Bacon
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There are four classes of Idols which beset men's minds. To these for distinction's sake I have assigned names - calling the first class, Idols of the Tribe ; the second, Idols of the Cave; the third, Idols of the Market-Place; the fourth, Idols of the Theater. Francis Bacon
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But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this - that men despair and think things impossible. Francis Bacon
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Virtue is like precious odors - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. 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. Francis Bacon
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If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. Francis Bacon
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The winning of honor, is but the revealing of a man's virtue and worth, without disadvantage. Francis Bacon
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To seek to extinguish anger utterly, is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time. Francis Bacon
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The world's a bubble, and the life of man Less than a span. Francis Bacon
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Nor do apophthegms only serve for ornament and delight, but also for action and civil use, as being the edge-tools of speech which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs: for occasions have their revolutions, and what has once been advantageously used may be so again, either as an old thing or a new one. Francis Bacon
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Above all things, good policy is to be used that the treasure and moneys in a state be not gathered into few hands. For otherwise a state may have a great stock, and yet starve. And money is like muck, not good except it be spread. Francis Bacon
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Since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let men by all means endeavor to obtain good customs. Francis Bacon
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The folly of one man is the fortune of another. Francis Bacon
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This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half. Francis Bacon
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The art of invention grows young with the things invented. Francis Bacon
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I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils. Francis Bacon
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A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Francis Bacon
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The surest way to prevent seditions (if the times do bear it) is to take away the matter of them. Francis Bacon
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Set it down to thyself, as well to create good precedents as to follow them. Francis Bacon
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If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill. Francis Bacon
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Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect. Francis Bacon
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Mysteries are due to secrecy. Francis Bacon
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If money be not they 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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