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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

The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom. Francis Bacon

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

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

Time is the author of authors. Francis Bacon

In mathematics I can report no deficiency, except it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of Pure Mathematics. Francis Bacon

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

In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness. Francis Bacon

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

Spouses are great impediments to great enterprises. Francis Bacon

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

I regret not starting to paint earlier...It is one of the few things I do regret. Francis Bacon

If you can talk about it, why paint it? Francis Bacon

Photographs are not only points of reference... they're often triggers of ideas. Francis Bacon

The human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds. Francis Bacon

To spend too much time in studies is sloth. Francis Bacon

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

Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. Francis Bacon

Friends are thieves of time. Francis Bacon

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

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

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God. Francis Bacon

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

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

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice. Francis Bacon

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages. Francis Bacon

God's first creature, which was light. Francis Bacon

Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man's knowledge. Francis Bacon

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

Half of science is putting forth the right questions. Francis Bacon

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

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

In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place. Francis Bacon

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

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

There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things. Francis Bacon

They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations. Francis Bacon

Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense, without prejudice, till you resolve it. Francis Bacon

Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. Francis Bacon

They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground. Francis Bacon

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

All authority must be out of a man's self, turned . . . either upon an art, or upon a man. Francis Bacon

Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. "Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. Francis Bacon

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

You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint. Francis Bacon

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

Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas. Francis Bacon

It is a great happiness when men's professions and their inclinations accord. Francis Bacon

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

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

It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives Francis Bacon

Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust. Francis Bacon

The flood of grief decreaseth when it can swell no longer. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

Hope is a leaf-joy which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

Decided cases are the anchors of the law, as laws are of the state. Francis Bacon

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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