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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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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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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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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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Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. 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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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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Art is man added to Nature. 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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Hope is the most beneficial of all the affections, and doth much to the prolongation of life... 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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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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Clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature; the mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it. Francis Bacon
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Those who want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. Francis Bacon
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There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and, therefore, men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions to smother. Francis Bacon
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Fortune is like a market where many times if you wait a little the price will fall. Francis Bacon
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As threshing separates the corn from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue. Francis Bacon
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For were it not better for a man in fair room to set up one great light, or branching candlestick of lights, than to go about with a small watch-candle into every corner? Francis Bacon
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