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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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The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion, and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance. Francis Bacon
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We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom; and certainly there is a great difference between a cunning man and a wise man, not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability. Francis Bacon
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It will be found a work of no small difficulty to dispossess a vice from the heart, where long possession begins to plead prescription. Francis Bacon
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Our humanity were a poor thing were it not for the divinity which stirs within us. Francis Bacon
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Sir Amyas Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say, Stay awhile, that we may make an end the sooner. Francis Bacon
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Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away, and almost all fugitives are of that condition. Francis Bacon
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It is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends, without which the world is but a wilderness; and even in this scene also of solitude, whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity. Francis Bacon
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Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped, but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh fiery, and thereby malign and venomous. 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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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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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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Let the mind be enlarged... to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind Francis Bacon
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The eye of understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or levels, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances. Francis Bacon
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Atheism leads a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation: all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue. Francis Bacon
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For fountains, they are a Great Beauty and Refreshment, but Pools mar all, and make the Garden unwholesome, and full of Flies and Frogs. Francis Bacon
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The light that a man receives by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which comes from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs. Francis Bacon
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To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar. Francis Bacon
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It would be 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
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The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other. Francis Bacon
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Above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations. Death hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. Francis Bacon
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Dreams, and predictions of astrology....ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside. Francis Bacon
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It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth . . . and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below. Francis Bacon
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Journeys at youth are part of the education; but at maturity, are part of the experience. Francis Bacon
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You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom. Francis Bacon
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Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest. 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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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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