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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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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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Dreams, and predictions of astrology.... ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside. Francis Bacon
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The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. Francis Bacon
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Friends are thieves of time. 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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I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defense. I beseech your Lordships to be merciful to a broken reed. Francis Bacon
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It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed. Francis Bacon
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Cosmus, Duke of Florence, was wont to say of perfidious friends, that We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Francis Bacon
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Cato said the best way to keep good acts in memory was to refresh them with new. Francis Bacon
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For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt. Francis Bacon
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Boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not dangers and inconveniences. Francis Bacon
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A good name is like a precious ointment; it filleth all around about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. Francis Bacon
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In charity there is no excess. Francis Bacon
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Money is like muck, not good except it be spread. Francis Bacon
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Be true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. Francis Bacon
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A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. Francis Bacon
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Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon
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There be three things which make a nation great and prosperous: a fertile soil, busy workshops, easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place. Francis Bacon
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When he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter. Francis Bacon
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So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. Francis Bacon
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A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other. Francis Bacon
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Patience and gravity of hearing is an essential part of justice; and an overspeaking judge is no well-tuned cymbal. Francis Bacon
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