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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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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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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
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The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding. Francis Bacon
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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
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We think according to nature. We speak according to rules. We act according to custom. Francis Bacon
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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
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The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love. Francis Bacon
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The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists. Francis Bacon
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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
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It's such an extraordinary supple medium that you never do quite know what paint will do. Francis Bacon
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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
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Revenge is a kind of wild justice. Francis Bacon
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Innovations, which are the births of time. Francis Bacon
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I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime. 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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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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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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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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I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance. Francis Bacon
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Custom is the principle magistrate of man's life. Francis Bacon
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That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, "that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off. Francis Bacon
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I don't think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck. Francis Bacon
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I want to make portraits and images. I don't know how. Out of despair, I just use paint anyway. Suddenly the things you make coagulate and take on just the shape you intend. Totally accurate marks, which are outside representational marks. Francis Bacon
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The mystery lies in the irrationality by which you make appearance - if it is not irrational, you make illustration. Francis Bacon
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Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the nervous system in a more violent way. Francis Bacon
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A cat will never drown if she sees the shore. Francis Bacon
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Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end, without consideration of the means and degrees; pursue some few principles, which they have chanced upon absurdly; care not to innovate, which draws unknown inconveniences; use extreme remedies at first; and, that which doubleth all errors, will not acknowledge or retract them; like an unready horse, that will neither stop nor turn. Francis Bacon
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The bee enclosed and through the amber shown Seems buried in the juice which was his own. Francis Bacon
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There is the supreme and indissoluble consanguinity between men, of which the heathen poet saith, we are all His generation. Francis Bacon
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Contempt putteth an edge upon anger more than the hurt itself. Francis Bacon
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The vine produces more grapes when it is young, but better grapes for wine when it is old, because its juices are more perfectly concocted. Francis Bacon
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But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far its extendeth. For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. Francis Bacon
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Many have made witty invectives against usury. They say that it is a pity the devil should have God's part, which is the tithe; that the usurer is the greatest Sabbath-breaker, because his plough goeth every Sunday. Francis Bacon
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Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush. Francis Bacon
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Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both. Francis Bacon
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I will say positively and resolutely that is it impossible an elective monarchy should be so free and absolute as an hereditary. Francis Bacon
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Dissimulation is but a faint kind of policy or wisdom; for it asketh a strong wit and a strong heart to know when to tell truth, and to do it; therefore, it is the weaker sort of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers. Francis Bacon
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There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power. Francis Bacon
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