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Francis Bacon
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Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity. Francis Bacon
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It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about. Francis Bacon
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The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied. Francis Bacon
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He that hath knowledge spareth his words. Francis Bacon
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The remedy is worse than the disease. Francis Bacon
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Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Francis Bacon
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I would by all means have men beware, lest Ęsop's pretty fable of the fly that sate [sic] on the pole of a chariot at the Olympic races and said, 'What a dust do I raise,' be verified in them. For so it is that some small observation, and that disturbed sometimes by the instrument, sometimes by the eye, sometimes by the calculation, and which may be owing to some real change in the heaven, raises new heavens and new spheres and circles. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding is moved by those things most which strike and enter the mind simultaneously and suddenly, and so fill the imagination; and then it feigns and supposes all other things to be somehow, though it cannot see how, similar to those few things by which it is surrounded. Francis Bacon
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The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good. Francis Bacon
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If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. Francis Bacon
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God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. Francis Bacon
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Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Francis Bacon
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Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. Francis Bacon
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For knowledge, too, is itself power. Francis Bacon
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Moreover, the works already known are due to chance and experiment rather than to sciences; for the sciences we now possess are merely systems for the nice ordering and setting forth of things already invented; not methods of invention or directions for new works. Francis Bacon
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There is superstition in avoiding superstition. Francis Bacon
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But we are not dedicating or building any Capitol or Pyramid to human Pride, but found a holy temple in the human Intellect, on the model of the Universe... For whatever is worthy of Existence is worthy of Knowledge-which is the Image (or Echo) of Existence. Francis Bacon
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You want accuracy, but not representation. If you know how to make the figuration, it doesn't work. Anything you can make, you make by accident. In painting, you have to know what you do, not how, when you do it. Francis Bacon
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States are great engines moving slowly. Francis Bacon
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A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day; but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made. Francis Bacon
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Man was formed for society. Francis Bacon
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I don't believe art is available; it's rare and curious and should be completely isolated; one is more aware of its magic the more it is isolated. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding, when any preposition has been once laid down... forces everything else to add fresh support and confirmation; and although more cogent and abundant instances may exist to the contrary, yet it either does not observe them or it despises them, or it gets rid of and rejects them by some distinction, with violent and injurious prejudice, rather than sacrifice the authority of its first conclusions. Francis Bacon
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A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others. For men's minds, will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope, to attain to another's virtue, will seek to come at even hand, by depressing another's fortune. Francis Bacon
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Every person born in the USA is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt. Francis Bacon
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He of whom many are afraid ought himself to fear many. Francis Bacon
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We see how flies, and spiders, and the like, get a sepulchre in amber, more durable than the monument and embalming of the body of any king. Francis Bacon
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The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before. Francis Bacon
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Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much. Francis Bacon
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Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise; for the distance is all told, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves going back. Francis Bacon
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Not to resolve is to resolve; and many times it breeds as many necessities, and engageth as far in some other sort, as to resolve. Francis Bacon
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Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously. Francis Bacon
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Measure not dispatch by the time of sitting, but by the advancement of business. Francis Bacon
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The most tolerable sort of revenge is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy. But then let a man take heed that the revenge be such as there is no law to punish; else a man's enemy is still beforehand, and is two for one. Francis Bacon
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There is no way but to meditate and ruminate well upon the effects of anger, - how it troubles man's life; and the best time to do this is to look back upon anger when the fit is thoroughly over. Francis Bacon
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For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes. Francis Bacon
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And let him be sure to leave other men their turns to speak. Francis Bacon
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God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because His ordinary works convince it. Francis Bacon
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Thales was reputed to be one of the wise men who made answer to the question when a man should marry: A young man not yet, an old man not at all. Francis Bacon
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Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God, - part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly. Francis Bacon
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When all is done, the help of good counsel is that which setteth business straight. Francis Bacon
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In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. Francis Bacon
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It is impossible to love and to be wise. Francis Bacon
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We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. Francis Bacon
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A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time. Francis Bacon
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The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship. Francis Bacon
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The Idols of Tribe have their foundation in human nature itself, and in the tribe or race of men. For it is a false assertion that the sense of man is the measure of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Francis Bacon
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Wonder is the seed of knowledge Francis Bacon
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I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision. Francis Bacon
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A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison. Francis Bacon
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It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour. Francis Bacon
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All bravery stands upon comparisons. 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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To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar. Francis Bacon
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In all superstition wise men follow fools. Francis Bacon
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A healthy body is the guestchamber of the soul, a sick, its prison. Francis Bacon
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The arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self. Francis Bacon
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Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight. Francis Bacon
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Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Francis Bacon
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Cunning is a sinister or crooked wisdom. Francis Bacon
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How can I take an interest in my work when I don't like it? Francis Bacon
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To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting. Francis Bacon
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Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress. Francis Bacon
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Hurl your calumnies boldly; something is sure to stick. Francis Bacon
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But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on. Francis Bacon
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It would be an unsound fancy and self-contradictory to expect that things which have never yet been done can be done except by means which have never yet been tried. Francis Bacon
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It was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. Francis Bacon
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If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible. Francis Bacon
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The planting of hemp and flax would be an unknown advantage to the kingdom, many places therein being as apt for it, as any foreing parts. Francis Bacon
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