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People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom. Francis Bacon
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There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. Francis Bacon
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Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon
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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Francis Bacon
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Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. Francis Bacon
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Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon
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The great end of life is not knowledge but action. Francis Bacon
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Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Francis Bacon
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Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter. Francis Bacon
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There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little. Francis Bacon
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Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use. 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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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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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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Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend. Francis Bacon
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What then remains but that we still should cry Not to be born, or, being born, to die? 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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Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high. Francis Bacon
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Great changes are easier than small ones. Francis Bacon
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Friendship maketh daylight in the understanding, out of darkness and confusion of thoughts. Francis Bacon
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The breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air than in the hand. Francis Bacon
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Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest Francis Bacon
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A good conscience is a continual feast. Francis Bacon
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The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one. Francis Bacon
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A much talking judge is an ill-tuned cymbal. Francis Bacon
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They that reverence to much old times are but a scorn to the new. Francis Bacon
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There is a cunning which we in England call "the turning of the cat" in the pan; which is, when that which a man says to another, he says it as if another had said it to him. Francis Bacon
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Without friends the world is but a wilderness. Francis Bacon
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Princes are like heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration, but no rest. Francis Bacon
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There is no passion in the mind of man so weak, but it mates and masters the fear of death . . . Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it. Francis Bacon
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Some men covet knowledge out of a natural curiosity and inquisitive temper; some to entertain the mind with variety and delight; some for ornament and reputation; some for victory and contention; many for lucre and a livelihood; and but few for employing the Divine gift of reason to the use and benefit of mankind. Francis Bacon
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It is by discourse that men associate; and words are imposed according to the apprehension of the vulgar. And therefore the ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obsesses the understanding. Nor do the definitions or explanations, wherewith in some things learned men are wont to guard and defend themselves, by any means set the matter right. But words plainly force and overrule the understanding, and throw all into confusion, and lead men away into innumerable and inane controversies and fancies. Francis Bacon
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