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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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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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It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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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
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The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets. Francis Bacon
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The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. 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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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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