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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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No receipt openeth the heart but a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift or confession. 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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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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Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. 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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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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Ipsa scientia potestas est. (Knowledge itself is power.) Francis Bacon
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Neither the naked hand nor the understanding, left to itself, can do much; the work is accomplished by instruments and helps, of which the need is not less for the understanding than the hand. Francis Bacon
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I beseech your Lordships, be merciful unto a broken reed. Francis Bacon
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Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation. Francis Bacon
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Those that want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. Francis Bacon
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There is no secrecy comparable to celerity. Francis Bacon
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They that reverence too much old times are but a scorn to the new. Francis Bacon
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It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost 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. Francis Bacon
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I would live to study, and not study to live. Francis Bacon
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Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts. Francis Bacon
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One of the Seven was wont to say: That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through. Francis Bacon
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Neither is money the sinews of war (as it is trivially said). Francis Bacon
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Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral. Francis Bacon
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Philosophy when superficially studied excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it. Francis Bacon
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Time is the measure of business. Francis Bacon
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Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men's heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings. Francis Bacon
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Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us. Francis Bacon
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None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy. Francis Bacon
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All rising to great places is by a winding stair. 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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Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts. 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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