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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

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

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

Every person born in the USA is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt. Francis Bacon

He of whom many are afraid ought himself to fear many. Francis Bacon

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

The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before. Francis Bacon

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much. Francis Bacon

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

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

Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously. Francis Bacon

Measure not dispatch by the time of sitting, but by the advancement of business. Francis Bacon

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

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

For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes. Francis Bacon

And let him be sure to leave other men their turns to speak. Francis Bacon

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because His ordinary works convince it. Francis Bacon

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

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

When all is done, the help of good counsel is that which setteth business straight. Francis Bacon

I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision. Francis Bacon

A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison. Francis Bacon

It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour. Francis Bacon

All bravery stands upon comparisons. Francis Bacon

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

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

In all superstition wise men follow fools. Francis Bacon

A healthy body is the guestchamber of the soul, a sick, its prison. Francis Bacon

The arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self. Francis Bacon

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight. Francis Bacon

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Francis Bacon

Cunning is a sinister or crooked wisdom. Francis Bacon

How can I take an interest in my work when I don't like it? Francis Bacon

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

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress. Francis Bacon

Hurl your calumnies boldly; something is sure to stick. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible. Francis Bacon

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

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend. Francis Bacon

What then remains but that we still should cry Not to be born, or, being born, to die? Francis Bacon

Great changes are easier than small ones. Francis Bacon

Friendship maketh daylight in the understanding, out of darkness and confusion of thoughts. Francis Bacon

The breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air than in the hand. Francis Bacon

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest Francis Bacon

A good conscience is a continual feast. Francis Bacon

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one. Francis Bacon

A much talking judge is an ill-tuned cymbal. Francis Bacon

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

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

Without friends the world is but a wilderness. Francis Bacon

Princes are like heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration, but no rest. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground. Francis Bacon

The images of mens wits and knowledge remain in books. They generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages Francis Bacon

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding. Francis Bacon

I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself. Francis Bacon

We think according to nature. We speak according to rules. We act according to custom. Francis Bacon

The registering of doubts hath two excellent uses: the one, that it saveth philosophy from errors and falsehoods; when that which is not fully appearing is not collected into assertion, whereby error might draw error, but reserved in doubt: the other, that the entry of doubts are as so many suckers or sponges to draw use of knowledge; insomuch as that which, if doubts had not preceded, a man should never have advised, but passed it over without note, by the suggestion and solicitation of doubts, is made to be attended and applied. Francis Bacon

The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love. Francis Bacon

The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists. Francis Bacon

Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people`s plates. Francis Bacon

It's such an extraordinary supple medium that you never do quite know what paint will do. Francis Bacon

The universe must not be narrowed down to the limit of our understanding, but our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered. Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice. Francis Bacon

Innovations, which are the births of time. Francis Bacon

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