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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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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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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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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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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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Dreams, and predictions of astrology.... ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside. 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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Parents who wish to train up their children in the way they should go must go in the way in which they would have their children go. 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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Discourse ought to be as a field, without coming home to any man. Francis Bacon
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Suspicions among thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly to twilight; they are to be repressed, or, at least, well guarded, for they cloud the mind. Francis Bacon
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There never was found, in any age of the world, either religion or law that did so highly exalt the public good as the Bible. Francis Bacon
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[Science is] the labor and handicraft of the mind. Francis Bacon
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All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light. Francis Bacon
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Another argument of hope may be drawn from this-that some of the inventions already known are such as before they were discovered it could hardly have entered any man's head to think of; they would have been simply set aside as impossible. For in conjecturing what may be men set before them the example of what has been, and divine of the new with an imagination preoccupied and colored by the old; which way of forming opinions is very fallacious, for streams that are drawn from the springheads of nature do not always run in the old channels. Francis Bacon
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The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom. Francis Bacon
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It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. Francis Bacon
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Libraries are as the shrine where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. Francis Bacon
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Time is the author of authors. Francis Bacon
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In mathematics I can report no deficiency, except it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of Pure Mathematics. Francis Bacon
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Those herbs which perfume the air most delightfully, not passed by as the rest, but, being trodden upon and crushed, are three; that is, burnet, wild thyme and watermints. Therefore, you are to set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread. Francis Bacon
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In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness. Francis Bacon
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A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out. Francis Bacon
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Spouses are great impediments to great enterprises. Francis Bacon
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I feel that I am much freer if I'm on my own, but I'm sure that there are a lot of painters who would perhaps be even more inventive if they had people round them... I find that if I am on my own I can allow the paint to dictate to me. So the images that I'm putting down on the canvas dictate the thing to me and it gradually builds up and comes along. Francis Bacon
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I regret not starting to paint earlier...It is one of the few things I do regret. Francis Bacon
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If you can talk about it, why paint it? Francis Bacon
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Photographs are not only points of reference... they're often triggers of ideas. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds. Francis Bacon
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To spend too much time in studies is sloth. Francis Bacon
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The dignity of this end of endowment of man's life with new commodity appeareth by the estimation that antiquity made of such as guided thereunto ; for whereas founders of states, lawgivers, extirpators of tyrants, fathers of the people, were honoured but with the titles of demigods, inventors ere ever consecrated among the gods themselves. Francis Bacon
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