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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Francis Bacon

Men are rather beholden ... generally to chance or anything else, than to logic, for the invention of arts and sciences. Francis Bacon

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection. Francis Bacon

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

Truth is a naked and open daylight Francis Bacon

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

Life is a marshmallow, easy to chew but hard to swallow. Francis Bacon

All will come out in the washing. Francis Bacon

Mark what a generosity and courage (a dog) will put on when he finds himself maintained by a man, who to him is instead of a God Francis Bacon

Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise. For the distance is altered, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back. Francis Bacon

Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother. Francis Bacon

For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence, and things mean and splendid exist alike. Francis Bacon

Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain. Francis Bacon

Everybody has his own interpretation of a painting he sees... Francis Bacon

We only have our nervous system to paint. Francis Bacon

No artist knows in his own lifetime whether what he does will be the slightest good, because it takes at least seventy-five to a hundred years before the thing begins to sort itself out. Francis Bacon

As you work, the mood grows on you. There are certain images which suddenly get hold of me and I really want to do them. But it's true to say that the excitement and possibilities are in the working and obviously can only come in the working. Francis Bacon

Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second. For there is a youth in thoughts, as well as in ages. And yet the invention of young men, is more lively than that of old; and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely. Francis Bacon

The mold of our fortunes is in our own hands. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

In States, arms and learning have a concurrence or near sequence in time. Francis Bacon

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

Nero was wont to say of his master, Seneca, "That his style was like mortar without lime." Francis Bacon

Even reproof from authority ought to be grave, and not taunting. Francis Bacon

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. Francis Bacon

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

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

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel. Francis Bacon

It is seldom that beautiful persona are otherwise of great virtue. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

It is said of untrue valor that some men's valors are in the eyes of them that look on. Francis Bacon

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

A steady hand in military affairs is more requisite than in peace, because an error committed in war may prove irremediable. Francis Bacon

He sleeps well who is not conscious that he sleeps ill. Francis Bacon

Too much magnifying of man or matter doth irritate contradiction, and procure envy and scorn. Francis Bacon

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

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

He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many. Francis Bacon

Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way. Francis Bacon

Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous. Francis Bacon

Wounds cannot be cured without searching. Francis Bacon

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than the torture of laws. Francis Bacon

Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when that faileth, he groweth out of use. Francis Bacon

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

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

Riches are a good handmaiden, but the worst mistress. Francis Bacon

Boldness is an ill-keeper of promise. Francis Bacon

Surely every medicine is an innovation, and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils. Francis Bacon

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

All colours will agree in the dark. Francis Bacon

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

No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being. Francis Bacon

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

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home. Francis Bacon

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

Silence is the virtue of a fool. Francis Bacon

Truth therefore and utility are here the very same thing... Francis Bacon

Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion. Francis Bacon



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