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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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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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[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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