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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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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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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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One of the Seven [wise men of Greece] was wont to say: That laws were like cobwebs, where the small flies are caught and the great break through. Francis Bacon
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Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed. 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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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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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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In regard of our deliverance past, and our danger present and to come, let us look up to God, and every man reform his own ways. Francis Bacon
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Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men. Francis Bacon
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It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below. Francis Bacon
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Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment. Francis Bacon
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Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements, - as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man. Francis Bacon
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Logic differeth from rhetoric as the fist from the palm; the one close, the other at large. Francis Bacon
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An angry man who suppresses his passions thinks worse than he speaks; and an angry man that will chide speaks worse than he thinks. Francis Bacon
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Great effects come of industry and perseverance: for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds. Francis Bacon
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Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible enjoy generally a greater share of dignity than of happiness. Francis Bacon
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The surest way to prevent seditious (if the times do bear it) is to take away the matter of them; for if there be fuel prepared it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire. Francis Bacon
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There was never law, or set, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth. Francis Bacon
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We see spiders, flies or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. Francis Bacon
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