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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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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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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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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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Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man's knowledge. Francis Bacon
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Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule. Francis Bacon
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Half of science is putting forth the right questions. Francis Bacon
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Let every student of nature take this as his rule, that whatever the mind seizes upon with particular satisfaction is to be held in suspicion. Francis Bacon
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There are and can be only two ways of searching into and discovering truth. The one flies from the senses and particulars to the most general axioms, and from these principles, the truth of which it takes for settled and immovable, proceeds to judgment and to the discovery of middle axioms. And this way is now in fashion. The other derives axioms from the senses and particulars, rising by a gradual and unbroken ascent, so that it arrives at the most general axioms last of all. This is the true way, but as yet untried. Francis Bacon
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In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place. Francis Bacon
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Reading maketh a full man; and writing an axact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little, he need have much cunning to seem to know which he doth not. Francis Bacon
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Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. Francis Bacon
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Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. Francis Bacon
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Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. Francis Bacon
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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. Francis Bacon
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A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner. Francis Bacon
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Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. Francis Bacon
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Acorns were good until bread was found. Francis Bacon
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Ipsa scientia potestas est. (Knowledge itself is power.) Francis Bacon
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Natures that have much heat, and great and violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for action till they have passed the meridian of their years. Francis Bacon
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In the youth of a State, arms do flourish; in the middle age of a State, learning; and then both of them together for a time; in the declining age of a State mechanical arts and merchandise. Francis Bacon
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The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one? Francis Bacon
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Fortune his like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Francis Bacon
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But I account the use that a man should seek of the publishing of his own writings before his death, to be but an untimely anticipation of that which is proper to follow a man, and not to go along with him. Francis Bacon
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The road to true philosophy is precisely the same with that which leads to true religion; and from both the one and the other, unless we would enter in as little children, we must expect to be totally excluded. Francis Bacon
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If I had always served God as I have served you, Madam, I should not have great account to render at my death. Francis Bacon
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Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength. Of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter, less. Francis Bacon
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More dangers have deceived men than forced them. Francis Bacon
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But we may go further, and affirm most truly, that it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness. Francis Bacon
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It has well been said that the arch-flatterer, with whom all petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self. Francis Bacon
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Money is a good servant, a dangerous master. Francis Bacon
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There are many wise men that have secret hearts and transparent countenances. Francis Bacon
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He who desires solitude is either an animal or a god. Francis Bacon
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The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies. Francis Bacon
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Vices of the time; vices of the man. Francis Bacon
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When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting. Francis Bacon
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There was never miracle wrought by God to convert an atheist, because the light of nature might have led him to confess a God. Francis Bacon
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It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. Francis Bacon
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Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men-the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order. Francis Bacon
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It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. Francis Bacon
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