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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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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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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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Art is man added to Nature. Francis Bacon
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The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall: but in charity there is no excess; neither can angel nor man come in danger by it. Francis Bacon
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But by far the greatest hindrance and aberration of the human understanding proceeds from the dullness, incompetency, and deceptions of the senses; in that things which strike the sense outweigh things which do not immediately strike it, though they be more important. Hence it is that speculation commonly ceases where sight ceases; insomuch that of things invisible there is little or no observation. Francis Bacon
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Man, as the minister and interpreter of nature, is limited in act and understanding by his observation of the order of nature; neither his understanding nor his power extends further. Francis Bacon
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The partitions of knowledge are not like several lines that meet in one angle, and so touch not in a point; but are like branches of a tree, that meet in a stem, which hath a dimension and quantity of entireness and continuance, before it come to discontinue and break itself into arms and boughs. Francis Bacon
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The only hope [of science] ... is in genuine induction. Francis Bacon
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...neither is it possible to discover the more remote and deeper parts of any science, if you stand but upon the level of the same science, and ascend not to a higher science. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds. And though there be many things in nature which are singular and unmatched, yet it devises for them parallels and conjugates and relatives which do not exist. Hence the fiction that all celestial bodies move in perfect circles, spirals and dragons being (except in name) utterly rejected. Francis Bacon
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Great art is always a way of concentrating, reinventing what is called fact, what we know of our existence- a reconcentration... tearing away the veils, the attitudes people acquire of their time and earlier time. Really good artists tear down those veils Francis Bacon
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God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires. Francis Bacon
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To conclude, therefore, let no man upon a weak conceit of sobriety or an ill-applied moderation think or maintain that a man can search too far, or be too well studied in the book of God's word, or the book of God's works, divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavor an endless progress or proficience in both; only let men beware that they apply both to charity, and not to swelling; to use, and not to ostentation; and again, that they do not unwisely mingle or confound these learnings together. Francis Bacon
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It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself. Francis Bacon
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If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. Francis Bacon
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God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. Francis Bacon
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Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses. Francis Bacon
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In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior. Francis Bacon
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Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress. Francis Bacon
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Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order. Francis Bacon
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This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. Francis Bacon
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The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors. Francis Bacon
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Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom. Francis Bacon
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Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory. Francis Bacon
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Science is but an image of the truth. Francis Bacon
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Hope is the most beneficial of all the affections, and doth much to the prolongation of life... 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. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon
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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Francis Bacon
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The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. 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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