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Wounds cannot be cured without searching. Francis Bacon
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Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than the torture of laws. Francis Bacon
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Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when that faileth, he groweth out of use. Francis Bacon
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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
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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
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Riches are a good handmaiden, but the worst mistress. Francis Bacon
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Boldness is an ill-keeper of promise. Francis Bacon
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Surely every medicine is an innovation, and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils. Francis Bacon
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion. Francis Bacon
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Laws and Institutions Must Go Hand in Hand with the Progress of the Human Mind. Francis Bacon
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That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet. Francis Bacon
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An artist must learn to be nourished by his passions and by his despairs, Francis Bacon
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It was well said that envy keeps no holidays. Francis Bacon
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The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions. Francis Bacon
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The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull. Francis Bacon
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