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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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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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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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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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Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. Francis Bacon
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But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on. Francis Bacon
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Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God. Francis Bacon
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Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt. Francis Bacon
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It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self. Francis Bacon
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Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice. Francis Bacon
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For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages. Francis Bacon
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God's first creature, which was light. Francis Bacon
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If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old; to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant; to attain, in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory; we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks. Francis Bacon
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I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, then that this universall Frame, is without a Minde. And therefore, God never wrought Miracle, to convince Atheisme, because his Ordinary Works Convince it. It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Mans Minde to Atheisme; But depth in Philosophy, bringeth Mens Mindes about to Religion. Francis Bacon
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They are the best physicians, who being great in learning most incline to the traditions of experience, or being distinguished in practice do not reflect the methods and generalities of art. 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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For first of all we must prepare a Natural and Experimental History, sufficient and good; and this is the foundation of all; for we are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do. Francis Bacon
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It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise! Francis Bacon
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Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. Francis Bacon
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We see then how far the monuments of wit and learning are more durable than the monuments of power, or of the hands. For have not the verses of Homer continued twenty-five hundred years or more, without the loss of a syllable or letter; during which time infinite palaces, temples, castles, cities have been decayed and demolished? Francis Bacon
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The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green. Francis Bacon
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Disciples do owe their masters only a temporary belief, and a suspension of their own judgment till they be fully instructed ... Francis Bacon
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There is no such flatterer as is a man's self. Francis Bacon
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Upon a given body to generate and superinduce a new nature or new natures is the work and aim of human power. To discover the Form of a given nature, or its true difference, or its causal nature, or fount of its emanation... this is the work and aim of human knowledge. Francis Bacon
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In Philosophy, the contemplations of man do either penetrate unto God, or are circumferred to Nature, or are reflected and reverted upon himself. Out of which several inquiries there do arise three knowledges, Divine Philosophy, Natural Philosophy, and Human Philosophy or Humanity. For all things are marked and stamped with this triple character of the power of God, the difference of Nature and the use of Man. Francis Bacon
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But this is that which will dignify and exalt knowledge: if contemplation and action be more nearly and straitly conjoined and united together than they have been: a conjunction like unto that of the highest planets, Saturn, the planet of rest and contemplation, and Jupiter, the planet of civil society and action. Francis Bacon
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By this means we presume we have established for ever, a true and legitimate marriage between the Empirical and Rational faculty; whose fastidious and unfortunate divorce and separation hath troubled and disordered the whole race and generation of mankind. Francis Bacon
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I work for posterity, these things requiring ages for their accomplishment. Francis Bacon
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God loveth the clean. Francis Bacon
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There is a cunning which we in England call the rning of the cat in the pan. Francis Bacon
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Fortune makes him fool, whom she makes her darling. Francis Bacon
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