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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The flood of grief decreaseth when it can swell no longer. Francis Bacon
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In revenge a man is but even with his enemy; for it is a princely thing to pardon, and Solomon saith it is the glory of a man to pass over a transgression. Francis Bacon
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As atheism is in all respects hateful, so in this, that it depriveth human nature of the means to exalt itself above human frailty. Francis Bacon
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It had been hard to have put more truth and untruth together in a few words than in that speech, Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon
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Books are true friends that will never flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself, and you shall need no other comfort. Francis Bacon
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Hope is a leaf-joy which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold. Francis Bacon
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He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory. Francis Bacon
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A man would die, though he were neither valiant nor miserable, only upon a weariness to do the same thing so often over and over again. Francis Bacon
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As those wines which flow from the first treading of the grape are sweeter and better than those forced out by the press, which gives them the roughness of the husk and stone, so are those doctrines best and sweetest which flow from a gentle crush of the scriptures and are not wrung into controversies and commonplaces. Francis Bacon
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Decided cases are the anchors of the law, as laws are of the state. Francis Bacon
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Because indeed there was never law, or sect, or opinion, did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth. Francis Bacon
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