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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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[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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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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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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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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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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The study of nature with a view to works is engaged in by the mechanic, the mathematician, the physician, the alchemist, and the magician; but by all as things now are with slight endeavour and scanty success. Francis Bacon
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There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things. Francis Bacon
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They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations. Francis Bacon
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Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense, without prejudice, till you resolve it. Francis Bacon
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Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. Francis Bacon
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They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground. Francis Bacon
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First therefore let us seek the dignity of knowledge in the archetype or first platform, which is in the attributes and acts of God, as far as they are revealed to man and may be observed with sobriety; wherein we may not seek it by the name of Learning; for all Learning is Knowledge acquired, and all Knowledge in God is original: and therefore we must look for it by another name, that of Wisdom or Sapience, as the Scriptures call it. Francis Bacon
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All authority must be out of a man's self, turned . . . either upon an art, or upon a man. Francis Bacon
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Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. "Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. Francis Bacon
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Again men have been kept back as by a kind of enchantment from progress in science by reverence for antiquity, by the authority of men counted great in philosophy, and then by general consent. Francis Bacon
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You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint. Francis Bacon
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Some artists leave remarkable things which, a 100 years later, don't work at all. I have left my mark; my work is hung in museums, but maybe one day the Tate Gallery or the other museums will banish me to the cellar... you never know. Francis Bacon
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Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas. Francis Bacon
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It is a great happiness when men's professions and their inclinations accord. Francis Bacon
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A picture should be a re-creation of an event rather than an illustration of an object; but there is no tension in the picture unless there is a struggle with the object. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding of its own nature is prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds. Francis Bacon
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It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives Francis Bacon
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Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust. Francis Bacon
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The flood of grief decreaseth when it can swell no longer. Francis Bacon
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