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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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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's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. Francis Bacon
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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon
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Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. Francis Bacon
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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon
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If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New. Francis Bacon
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Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. Francis Bacon
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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
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The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall. Francis Bacon
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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
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Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy. Francis Bacon
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The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. Francis Bacon
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It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral. 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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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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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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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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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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God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires. 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 read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know that he doth not. Francis Bacon
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As to jest, there ought to be certain things privileged from it - namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, and man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity. Francis Bacon
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When things are come to the execution, there is no secrecy comparable to celerity. Francis Bacon
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Dangers are no more light if they once seem light, and more dangers have deceived men than forced them; nay, it were better to meet some dangers half-way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches; for if a man watch too long it is odds he will all fast asleep. Francis Bacon
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Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. Francis Bacon
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Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight. Francis Bacon
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The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate. Francis Bacon
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Medical men do not know the drugs they use, nor their prices. Francis Bacon
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The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are. 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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