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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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The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. 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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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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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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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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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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Money is a great servant but a bad master. 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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Judges ought above all to remember the conclusion of the Roman Twelve Tables :The supreme law of all is the weal [weatlh/ well-being] of the people. Francis Bacon
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There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth. 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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The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections... What a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Francis Bacon
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Out of monuments, names, words proverbs ...and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. Francis Bacon
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Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion. Francis Bacon
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Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind. Francis Bacon
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Boldness is a child of ignorance Francis Bacon
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Painting today is pure intuition and luck and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down. Francis Bacon
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All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve. Francis Bacon
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I think I tend to destroy the better paintings, or those that have been better to a certain extent. I try and take them further, and they lose all their qualities, and they lose everything. I think I would say that I destroy all the better paintings. Francis Bacon
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The first question concerning the Celestial Bodies is whether there be a system, that is whether the world or universe compose together one globe, with a center, or whether the particular globes of earth and stars be scattered dispersedly, each on its own roots, without any system or common center. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. Francis Bacon
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Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy. Francis Bacon
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Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life. Francis Bacon
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The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth. Francis Bacon
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States, as great engines, move slowly. Francis Bacon
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The true bounds and limitations, whereby human knowledge is confined and circumscribed,... are three: the first, that we do not so place our felicity in knowledge, as we forget our mortality: the second, that we make application of our knowledge, to give ourselves repose and contentment, and not distates or repining: the third, that we do not presume by the contemplation of Nature to attain to the mysteries of God. Francis Bacon
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He that cometh to seek after knowledge, with a mind to scorn, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but no matter for his instruction. Francis Bacon
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You can't be more horrific than life itself, Francis Bacon
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Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later. Francis Bacon
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He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers [zeros], is the decay of the whole age. Francis Bacon
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Anger is certainly a kind of baseness; as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns; children, women, old folks, sick folks. Only men must beware, that they carry their anger rather with scorn, than with fear; so that they may seem rather to be above the injury, than below it; which is a thing easily done, if a man will give law to himself in it. 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 a man's self, and there is no such remedy against flattery of a man's self as the liberty of a friend. Francis Bacon
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Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. Francis Bacon
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Nature is commanded by obeying her. Francis Bacon
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All colors will agree in the dark. Francis Bacon
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He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?. Francis Bacon
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Believing that I was born for the service of mankind, and regarding the care of the commonwealth as a kind of common property which, like the air and the water, belongs to everybody, I set myself to consider in what way mankind might be best served, and what service I was myself best fitted by nature to perform. 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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