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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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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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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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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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Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed. 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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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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It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment Francis Bacon
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Nothing is terrible except fear itself. 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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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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He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question when a man should marry? 'A young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon
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Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter; they increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death. Francis Bacon
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Virtue is like precious odours, - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. Francis Bacon
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Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend. Francis Bacon
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A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation. Francis Bacon
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There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him Was your mother never at Rome? He answered No Sir; but my father was. Francis Bacon
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Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry. Francis Bacon
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There be that can pack the cards, and yet cannot play well. Francis Bacon
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Severity breedeth fear, but roughness breedeth hate. Even reproofs from authority ought to be grave and not taunting. Francis Bacon
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Nothing destroyeth authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power pressed too far, and relaxed too much. Francis Bacon
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God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. Francis Bacon
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As in nature things move violently to their place and calmly in their place, so virtue in ambition is violent, in authority settled and calm. Francis Bacon
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Beauty is like summer fruits which are easy to corrupt and cannot last. Francis Bacon
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Books are the ships which pass through the vast sea of time. Francis Bacon
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Champagne for my sham friends; real pain for my real friends. Francis Bacon
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The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding. Francis Bacon
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Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him... when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, 'If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill. Francis Bacon
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The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. Francis Bacon
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That other principle of Lysander, 'That children are to be deceived with comfits, and men with oaths'. Francis Bacon
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For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced. Francis Bacon
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Fortunes... come tumbling into some men's laps. 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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