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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Art is man added to Nature. 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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Hope is the most beneficial of all the affections, and doth much to the prolongation of life... Francis Bacon
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For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced. Francis Bacon
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Men ought to find the difference between saltiness and bitterness. Certainly, he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory. Francis Bacon
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...to invent is to discover that we know not, and not to recover or resummon that which we already know Francis Bacon
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I like, you may say, the glitter and colour that comes from the mouth, and I've always hoped in a sense to be able to paint the mouth like Monet painted a sunset. Francis Bacon
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You see, painting has now become, or all art has now become completely a game, by which man distracts himself. What is fascinating actually is, that it's going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to become any good at all. 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. For while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them, confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity. Francis Bacon
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All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but neglect and pass over their failure, though it be much more common. Francis Bacon
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