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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be. Francis Bacon
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It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. Francis Bacon
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God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure. Francis Bacon
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The first creation of God in the works of the days was the light of the sense; the last was the light of the reason: and His Sabbath-work ever since is the illumination of the spirit. Francis Bacon
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Whereas they have sacrificed to themselves, they become sacrificers to the inconstancy of fortune, whose wings they thought, by their self-wisdom, to have pinioned. Francis Bacon
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Certainly, if a man will but keep of an even hand, his ordinary expenses ought to be but to the half of his receipts; and if he thinks to wax rich, but to the third part. Francis Bacon
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But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation. Francis Bacon
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In States, arms and learning have a concurrence or near sequence in time. Francis Bacon
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The eye of the understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or holes, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances. Francis Bacon
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Nero was wont to say of his master, Seneca, "That his style was like mortar without lime." Francis Bacon
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Even reproof from authority ought to be grave, and not taunting. Francis Bacon
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Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. Francis Bacon
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There is some good in public envy, whereas in private there is none; for public envy is as an ostracism that eclipseth men when they grow too great; and therefore it is a bridle also to great ones to keep within bounds. Francis Bacon
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The World's a bubble, and the Life of Man less than a span: In his conception wretched, from the womb so to the tomb. Curst from his cradle, and brought up to years with cares and fears. Who then to frail mortality shall trust, But limns the water, or but writes in dust. Francis Bacon
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The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel. Francis Bacon
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It is seldom that beautiful persona are otherwise of great virtue. Francis Bacon
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Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically depicted, it will be as it were an ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly. Francis Bacon
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It is a revered thing to see an ancient castle not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family which have stood against the waves and weathers of time! Francis Bacon
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Dramatical or representative poesy is, as it were, a visible history; for it sets out the image of things as if they were present. Francis Bacon
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It is said of untrue valor that some men's valors are in the eyes of them that look on. Francis Bacon
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Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not show the masks and mummeries of the world half so stately and daintily as candlelights. Francis Bacon
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A steady hand in military affairs is more requisite than in peace, because an error committed in war may prove irremediable. Francis Bacon
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He sleeps well who is not conscious that he sleeps ill. Francis Bacon
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Too much magnifying of man or matter doth irritate contradiction, and procure envy and scorn. 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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Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection. Francis Bacon
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The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course, it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Francis Bacon
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Truth is a naked and open daylight Francis Bacon
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My praise shall be dedicated to the mind itself. The mind is the man, and the knowledge is the mind. A man is but what he knoweth. The mind is but an accident to knowledge, for knowledge is the double of that which is. Francis Bacon
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