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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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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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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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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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Money is a great servant but a bad master. 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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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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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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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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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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If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted 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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Dreams, and predictions of astrology.... ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside. 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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