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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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A good name is like a precious ointment; it filleth all around about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. Francis Bacon
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In charity there is no excess. Francis Bacon
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Money is like muck, not good except it be spread. Francis Bacon
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Be true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. Francis Bacon
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A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. 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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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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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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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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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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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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