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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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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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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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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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Life is a marshmallow, easy to chew but hard to swallow. Francis Bacon
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All will come out in the washing. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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Everybody has his own interpretation of a painting he sees... Francis Bacon
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We only have our nervous system to paint. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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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
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The mold of our fortunes is in our own hands. 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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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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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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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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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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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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