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Francis Bacon
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We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. Francis Bacon
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They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Reading maketh a full man. Francis Bacon
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A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green. Francis Bacon
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A just fear of an imminent danger, though be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war. Francis Bacon
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Painting gave meaning to my life which without it would not have had Francis Bacon
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Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical. Francis Bacon
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Praise is the reflection of virtue. Francis Bacon
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Since my logic aims to teach and instruct the understanding, not that it may with the slender tendrils of the mind snatch at and lay hold of abstract notions (as the common logic does), but that it may in very truth dissect nature, and discover the virtues and actions of bodies, with their laws as determined in matter; so that this science flows not merely from the nature of the mind, but also from the nature of things. 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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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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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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Money is a great servant but a bad master. 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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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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Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Francis Bacon
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I have taken all knowledge to be my province. Francis Bacon
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