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Francis Bacon
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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
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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. Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter; increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next are. Francis Bacon
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Studies teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Francis Bacon
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Physic is of little use to a temperate person, for a man's own observation on what he finds does him good, and what hurts him is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
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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
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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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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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If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted Francis Bacon
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Money is a great servant but a bad master. 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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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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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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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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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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The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. 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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[Knowledge is] a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of man's estate. Francis Bacon
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Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen. Francis Bacon
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The best armor is to keep out of gunshot. 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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