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Francis Bacon
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There ought to be gardens for all months in the year, in which, severally, things of beauty may be then in season. Francis Bacon
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Another diversity of Methods is according to the subject or matter which is handled; for there is a great difference in delivery of the Mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges, and Policy, which is the most immersed ... , yet we see how that opinion, besides the weakness of it, hath been of ill desert towards learning, as that which taketh the way to reduce learning to certain empty and barren generalities; being but the very husks and shells of sciences, all the kernel being forced out and expulsed with the torture and press of the method. Francis Bacon
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Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or thought of the course of nature; beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything. Francis Bacon
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But the greatest error of all the rest is the mistaking or misplacing of the last or farthest end of knowledge: for men have entered into a desire of learning and knowledge, sometimes upon a natural curiosity and inquisitive appetite; sometimes to entertain their minds with variety and delight; sometimes for ornament and reputation; and sometimes to enable them to victory of wit and contradiction; and most times for lucre and profession; and seldom sincerely to give a true account of their gift of reason, to the benefit and use of men... Francis Bacon
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No one has yet been found so firm of mind and purpose as resolutely to compel himself to sweep away all theories and common notions, and to apply the understanding, thus made fair and even, to a fresh examination of particulars. Thus it happens that human knowledge, as we have it, is a mere medley and ill-digested mass, made up of much credulity and much accident, and also of the childish notions which we at first imbibed. Francis Bacon
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Such philosophy as shall not vanish in the fume of subtile, sublime, or delectable speculation but shall be operative to the endowment and betterment of man's life. Francis Bacon
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Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth. Francis Bacon
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Men are rather beholden ... generally to chance or anything else, than to logic, for the invention of arts and sciences. Francis Bacon
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Nevertheless if any skillful Servant of Nature shall bring force to bear on matter, and shall vex it and drive it to extremities as if with the purpose of reducing it to nothing, then will matter (since annihilation or true destruction is not possible except by the omnipotence of God) finding itself in these straits, turn and transform itself into strange shapes, passing from one change to another till it has gone through the whole circle and finished the period. Francis Bacon
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There were taken apples, and ... closed up in wax. ... After a month's space, the apple inclosed in was was as green and fresh as the first putting in, and the kernals continued white. The cause is, for that all exclusion of open air, which is ever predatory, maintaineth the body in its first freshness and moisture. Francis Bacon
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Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason. Francis Bacon
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There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Francis Bacon
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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon
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If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. Francis Bacon
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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon
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Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. Francis Bacon
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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon
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If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New. Francis Bacon
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Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. Francis Bacon
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It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other. Francis Bacon
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The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall. Francis Bacon
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Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again. Francis Bacon
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Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy. Francis Bacon
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The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. Francis Bacon
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It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral. Francis Bacon
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There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
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For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come. Francis Bacon
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Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Francis Bacon
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It is true that that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other. Francis Bacon
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Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home. Francis Bacon
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For man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection: and they be three wisdoms of divers natures, which do often sever: wisdom of the behaviour, wisdom of business, and wisdom of state. Francis Bacon
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Silence is the virtue of a fool. Francis Bacon
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Truth therefore and utility are here the very same thing... Francis Bacon
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Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion. Francis Bacon
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Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon. Francis Bacon
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Nuptial love maketh mankind, friendly love perfecteth it, but wonton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Francis Bacon
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It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty. 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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In things that a man would not be seen in himself, it is a point of cunning to borrow the name of the world; as to say, The world says, or There is a speech abroad. Francis Bacon
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Deformed persons are commonly even with nature; for as nature hath done ill by them, so do they by nature; being for the most part (as the Scripture saith) void of natural affection; and so they have their revenge of nature. Francis Bacon
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He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many. Francis Bacon
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Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way. Francis Bacon
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Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous. Francis Bacon
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Wounds cannot be cured without searching. Francis Bacon
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Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than the torture of laws. Francis Bacon
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Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when that faileth, he groweth out of use. Francis Bacon
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Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it 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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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 a circle than in progression. Francis Bacon
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Riches are a good handmaiden, but the worst mistress. Francis Bacon
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Boldness is an ill-keeper of promise. Francis Bacon
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Surely every medicine is an innovation, and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils. Francis Bacon
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It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise'. Francis Bacon
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All colours will agree in the dark. Francis Bacon
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It is not what men eat but what they digest that makes them strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; not what we preach but what we practice that makes us Christians. Francis Bacon
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No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being. Francis Bacon
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A principal fruit of friendship, is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce. Francis Bacon
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It was a high speech of Seneca that "The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired." Francis Bacon
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I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don't in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do. Francis Bacon
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Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener. Francis Bacon
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Let no one think or maintain that a person can search too far or be too well studied in either the book of God's word or the book of God's works. Francis Bacon
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Always let losers have their words. Francis Bacon
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Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold? Francis Bacon
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Great riches have sold more men than they have bought. Francis Bacon
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In things that are tender and unpleasing, it is good to break the ice by some one whose words are of less weight, and to reserve the more weighty voice to come in as by chance. Francis Bacon
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There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom. Francis Bacon
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Money is like muck, not good unless spread. Francis Bacon
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There is another ground of hope that must not be omitted. Let men but think over their infinite expenditure of understanding, time, and means on matters and pursuits of far less use and value; whereof, if but a small part were directed to sound and solid studies, there is no difficulty that might not be overcome. Francis Bacon
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When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others. Francis Bacon
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I use all sorts of things to work with: old brooms, old sweaters, and all kinds of peculiar tools and materials... I paint to excite myself, and make something for myself. Francis Bacon
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