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Francis Bacon
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Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. Francis Bacon
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There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginning and outsets of things. Francis Bacon
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Business is bought at a dear hand where there is small despatch. Francis Bacon
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I knew a wise man who had it for a by-word when he saw men hasten to a conclusion: Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner. Francis Bacon
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The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays. Francis Bacon
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All rising to a great place is by a winding stair. Francis Bacon
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Three means to fortify belief are experience, reason, and authority. Of these the more potent is authority; for belief upon reason or experience will stagger. Francis Bacon
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Let him be sure to leave men their turn to speak. Francis Bacon
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All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness. Francis Bacon
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He that dies in an earnest pursuit is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed and bent upon somewhat that is good doth avert the dolors of death; but above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is, Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace. Francis Bacon
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A man's own observation, what he find good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
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Superstition, without a veil, is a deformed thing; for, as it addeth deformity to an ape to be so like a man, so the similitude of superstition to religion makes it the more deformed; and as wholesome meat corrupteth to little worms, so good forms and orders corrupt into a number of petty observances. Francis Bacon
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If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner. 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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Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity. Francis Bacon
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If a man's wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen; for they are cymini sectores, splitters of hairs. Francis Bacon
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Nor is mine a trumpet which summons and excites men to cut each other to pieces with mutual contradictions, or to quarrel and fight with one another; but rather to make peace between themselves, and turning with united forces against the Nature of Things Francis Bacon
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The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed. 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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I would live to study, not study to live. Francis Bacon
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Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes. Francis Bacon
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If you want to convey fact, this can only ever be done through a form of distortion. You must distort to transform what is called appearance into image. Francis Bacon
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Velazquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator. Francis Bacon
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If my people look as if they're in a dreadful fix, it's because I can't get them out of a technical dilemma. Francis Bacon
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One always starts work with the subject, no matter how tenuous it is, and one constructs an artificial structure by which one can trap the reality of the subject-matter that one has started from. Francis Bacon
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I should have been, I don't know, a con-man, a robber or a prostitute. But it was vanity that made me choose painting, vanity and chance. Francis Bacon
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Truth ... is the sovereign good of human nature. 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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