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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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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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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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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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Whatever you can, count. 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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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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Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust. Francis Bacon
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Certainly the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto Nature, is weak. Francis Bacon
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Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections, - as merry tunes, doleful tunes, solemn tunes, tunes inclining men's minds to pity, warlike tunes, - so that it is no marvel if they alter the spirits, considering that tunes have a predisposition to the motion of the spirits. Francis Bacon
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A liar is a bravo towards God and a coward towards men. Francis Bacon
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For it is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast. Francis Bacon
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To speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance, the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in morals is the more heroic virtue. Francis Bacon
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If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
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Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much. 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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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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If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shews he is a citizen of the world. Francis Bacon
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Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Francis Bacon
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There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother. Francis Bacon
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