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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

Nuptial love maketh mankind, friendly love perfecteth it, but wonton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Francis Bacon

It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty. Francis Bacon

Princes are like heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration but no rest. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Always let losers have their words. Francis Bacon

Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold? Francis Bacon

Great riches have sold more men than they have bought. Francis Bacon

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

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom. Francis Bacon

Money is like muck, not good unless spread. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure. Francis Bacon

For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come. Francis Bacon

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason. Francis Bacon

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

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. Francis Bacon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. Francis Bacon

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. Francis Bacon

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New. Francis Bacon

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. Francis Bacon

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

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall. Francis Bacon

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

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy. Francis Bacon

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. Francis Bacon

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

The only hope [of science] ... is in genuine induction. Francis Bacon

...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

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

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

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon

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

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. Francis Bacon

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

It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion. Francis Bacon

Laws and Institutions Must Go Hand in Hand with the Progress of the Human Mind. Francis Bacon

That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet. Francis Bacon

An artist must learn to be nourished by his passions and by his despairs, Francis Bacon

It was well said that envy keeps no holidays. Francis Bacon

The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions. Francis Bacon

The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull. Francis Bacon

Very few people have a natural feeling for painting, and so, of course, they naturally think that painting is an expression of the artist's mood. But it rarely is. Very often he may be in greatest despair and be painting his happiest paintings. Francis Bacon

I would like, in my arbitrary way, to bring one nearer to the actual human being. Francis Bacon

I have to hope that my instincts will do the right thing, because I can't erase what I have done. And if I drew something first, then my paintings would be illustrations of drawings. Francis Bacon

There is in man's nature a secret inclination and motion towards love of others, which, if it be not spent upon some one or a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable, as it is seen sometimes in friars. Nuptial love maketh mankind, friendly love perfecteth it, but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Francis Bacon

Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn. Francis Bacon

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

Those who want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. Francis Bacon

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

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

As threshing separates the corn from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue. Francis Bacon

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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