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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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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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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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Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground. Francis Bacon
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Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing. Francis Bacon
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For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble. 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. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Francis Bacon
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Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. Francis Bacon
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God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation. Francis Bacon
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Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out. Francis Bacon
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A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon
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The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate. Francis Bacon
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Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. Francis Bacon
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Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men. Francis Bacon
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Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon
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People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors. Francis Bacon
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The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears. Francis Bacon
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What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. Francis Bacon
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As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time. Francis Bacon
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The place of justice is a hallowed place. Francis Bacon
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Doctor Johnson said, that in sickness there were three things that were material; the physician, the disease, and the patient: and if any two of these joined, then they get the victory; for, Ne Hercules quidem contra duos [Not even Hercules himself is a match for two]. If the physician and the patient join, then down goes the disease; for then the patient recovers: if the physician and the disease join, that is a strong disease; and the physician mistaking the cure, then down goes the patient: if the patient and the disease join, then down goes the physician; for he is discredited. Francis Bacon
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Medicine is a science which hath been (as we have said) more professed than laboured, and yet more laboured than advanced: the labour having been, in my judgment, rather in circle than in progression. For I find much iteration, but small addition. It considereth causes of diseases, with the occasions or impulsions; the diseases themselves, with the accidents; and the cures, with the preservation. Francis Bacon
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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel. Francis Bacon
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Whatever you can, count. Francis Bacon
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God Almighty first planted a Garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks. And a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely, as if gardening were the greater perfection. Francis Bacon
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The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this-that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps. Francis Bacon
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The divisions of science are not like different lines that meet in one angle, but rather like the branches of trees that join in one trunk. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding is unquiet; it cannot stop or rest, and still presses onward, but in vain. Therefore it is that we cannot conceive of any end or limit to the world, but always as of necessity it occurs to us that there is something beyond... But he is no less an unskilled and shallow philosopher who seeks causes of that which is most general, than he who in things subordinate and subaltern omits to do so Francis Bacon
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When a doubt is once received, men labour rather how to keep it a doubt still, than how to solve it; and accordingly bend their wits. Francis Bacon
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Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell. Francis Bacon
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Certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and if he be not kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. Francis Bacon
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A young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon
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And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed. Francis Bacon
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We must see whether the same clock with weights will go faster at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of a mine; it is probable, if the pull of the weights decreases on the mountain and increases in the mine, that the earth has real attraction. Francis Bacon
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The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery at first it deceives, at last it betrays Francis Bacon
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The wisdom of the ancients. Francis Bacon
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One of the fathers saith . . . that old men go to death, and death comes to young men. Francis Bacon
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If I sit and daydream, the images rush by like a succession of colored slides. Francis Bacon
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Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief. Francis Bacon
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There arises from a bad and unapt formation of words a wonderful obstruction to the mind. Francis Bacon
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Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone." Francis Bacon
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He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public. He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question, when a man should marryA young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon
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It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much to fortune, favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly, the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands Francis Bacon
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