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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

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

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

The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one? Francis Bacon

Fortune his like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

I beseech your Lordships, be merciful unto a broken reed. Francis Bacon

Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation. Francis Bacon

Those that want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. Francis Bacon

There is no secrecy comparable to celerity. Francis Bacon

They that reverence too much old times are but a scorn to the new. Francis Bacon

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

I would live to study, and not study to live. Francis Bacon

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

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

Neither is money the sinews of war (as it is trivially said). Francis Bacon

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

Philosophy when superficially studied excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it. Francis Bacon

Time is the measure of business. Francis Bacon

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

Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us. Francis Bacon

None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy. Francis Bacon

All rising to great places is by a winding stair. Francis Bacon

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

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

All good moral philosophy is but the handmaid to religion. Francis Bacon

Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted Francis Bacon

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

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

Riches are for spending. Francis Bacon

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

Intermingle...jest with earnest. Francis Bacon

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

Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he make his wings shorter. Francis Bacon

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

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

More dangers have deceived men than forced them. Francis Bacon

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

It has well been said that the arch-flatterer, with whom all petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self. Francis Bacon

Money is a good servant, a dangerous master. Francis Bacon

There are many wise men that have secret hearts and transparent countenances. Francis Bacon

He who desires solitude is either an animal or a god. Francis Bacon

The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies. Francis Bacon

Vices of the time; vices of the man. Francis Bacon

When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting. Francis Bacon

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

It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. Francis Bacon

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

It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. Francis Bacon

I'm working for myself; what else have I got to work for? How can you work for an audience? What do you imagine an audience would want? I have got nobody to excite except myself, so I am always surprised if anyone likes my work sometimes. I suppose I'm very lucky, of course, to be able to earn my living by something that really absorbs me to try to do, if that is what you call luck. Francis Bacon

Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people's life by looking at their souls and exposing them to his light. Francis Bacon

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father; to his wife, but as a husband; to his enemy, but upon terms: whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person. Francis Bacon

To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: 'Be angry, but sin not.' 'Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.' Francis Bacon

Time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon

Another error is an impatience of doubt and haste to assertion without due and mature suspension of judgment. For the two ways of contemplation are not unlike the two ways of action commonly spoken of by the ancients; the one plain and smooth in the beginning, and in the end impassable; the other rough and troublesome in the entrance, but after a while fair and even. So it is in contemplation; 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

I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs. These things alter an artist whether for the good or the better or the worse. It must alter him. The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility. Francis Bacon

The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains; and it is sometimes base, and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse. Francis Bacon

The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets. Francis Bacon

The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. Francis Bacon

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison. Francis Bacon

It is 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

Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it. Francis Bacon

It is a strange desire, to seek power and lose liberty, or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self. The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains, and it is sometimes base; and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing. Francis Bacon

People of great position are servants times three, servants of their country, servants of fame, and servants of business. Francis Bacon

Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue. Francis Bacon

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. Francis Bacon



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