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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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I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision. 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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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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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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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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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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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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For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble. 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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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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Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. Francis Bacon
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For there was never proud man thought so absurdly well of himself, as the lover doth of the person loved; and therefore it was well said, That it is impossible to love, and to be wise. Francis Bacon
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It hath been an opinion that the French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are; but howsoever it be between nations, certainly it is so between man and man. Francis Bacon
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Men's thoughts, are much according to their inclination; their discourse and speeches, according to their learning and infused opinions; but their deeds, are after as they have been accustomed. Francis Bacon
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Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands. Francis Bacon
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Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. Francis Bacon
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Judges ought to remember, that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare; to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law. Francis Bacon
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Perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures. Francis Bacon
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The errors of young men are the ruin of business, but the errors of aged men amount to this, that more might have been done, or sooner. Francis Bacon
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Men in great places are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business. Francis Bacon
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The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend. Francis Bacon
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Be not penny-wise: riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves; sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. Francis Bacon
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Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom. Francis Bacon
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Science is the labor and handicraft of the mind; poetry can only be considered its recreation. Francis Bacon
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A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint. Francis Bacon
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He said it, that knew it best. Francis Bacon
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There are some other that account wife and children but as bills of charges. Francis Bacon
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