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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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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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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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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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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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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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It cannot be that axioms established by argumentation should avail for the discovery of new works, since the subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of argument. But axioms duly and orderly formed from particulars easily discover the way to new particulars, and thus render sciences active. 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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Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider. Francis Bacon
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Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. Francis Bacon
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Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business. Francis Bacon
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Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise. Francis Bacon
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The worst men often give the best advice. Francis Bacon
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They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. Francis Bacon
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When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative. Francis Bacon
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By indignities men come to dignities. Francis Bacon
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Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set. Francis Bacon
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Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. 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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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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He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly) rather liberal of another man's, than of his own. Francis Bacon
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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
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All good moral philosophy is but the handmaid to religion. Francis Bacon
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Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted Francis Bacon
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I had rather believe all the fables in the legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind. Francis Bacon
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It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less. Francis Bacon
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Riches are for spending. Francis Bacon
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He that commands the sea is at great liberty, and may take as much and as little of the war as he will. Francis Bacon
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Intermingle...jest with earnest. Francis Bacon
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And because the breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes, like the warbling of music) than in the hand, therefore nothing is more fit for that delight than to know what be the flowers and plants that do best perfume the air. Francis Bacon
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Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he make his wings shorter. Francis Bacon
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