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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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