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Francis Bacon
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Generally it is good to commit the beginning of all great actions to Argus with his hundred eyes, and the end to Briareus with his hundred hands - first to watch, and then to speed. Francis Bacon
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Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing; it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall; it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him; it is the wisdom of crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour. Francis Bacon
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The problem is, whether a man constantly and strongly believing, that such a thing shall be, it don't help anything to the effecting of the thing. Francis Bacon
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The great atheists are, indeed, the hypocrites, which are ever handling holy things, but without feeling; so as must need be cauterized in the end. Francis Bacon
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All this is but a web of the wit; it can work nothing. Francis Bacon
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It cannot be denied but outward accidents conduce much to fortune's favor, - opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. Francis Bacon
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The best receipt - best to work and best to take - is the admonition of a friend. Francis Bacon
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The less people speak of their greatness the more we think of it. 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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Do not wonder, if the common people speak more truly than those of high rank; for they speak with more safety. Francis Bacon
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The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this - that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps. Francis Bacon
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...it is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives... Francis Bacon
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Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appears to be best in four things - old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. Francis Bacon
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Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them, Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone. Francis Bacon
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Men in great place are thrice servants,-servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business. Francis Bacon
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There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise. Francis Bacon
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It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion, as is unworthy of him. For the one is unbelief, the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Francis Bacon
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Seeming wise men may make shift to get opinion; but let no man choose them for employment; for certainly you were better take for business, a man somewhat absurd, than over-formal. Francis Bacon
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Young men are fitter to invent than to judge, fitter for execution than for counsel, and fitter for new projects than for settled business. Francis Bacon
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Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books. Francis Bacon
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A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time. Francis Bacon
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Printing, gunpowder, and the mariner's needle [compass]... these three have changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world. Francis Bacon
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The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible. Francis Bacon
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Books will speak plain when counselors blanch. Francis Bacon
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He that cannot possibly mend his own case will do what he can to impair another's. Francis Bacon
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There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals. Francis Bacon
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It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, and to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance. Francis Bacon
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There be many wise men that have secret hearts and transparent countenances. Francis Bacon
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Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion. Francis Bacon
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The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath laboured more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon. Francis Bacon
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The desire for power in excess caused angels to fall; the desire for knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity is no excess, neither can man or angels come in danger by it. Francis Bacon
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To choose time is to save time. Francis Bacon
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Without friends the world is but a wilderness. There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his grieves to his friend, but he grieveth the less. Francis Bacon
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In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
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This is the foundation of all. We are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do. 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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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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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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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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But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this-that men despair and think things impossible. Francis Bacon
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When a traveler returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath traveled altogether behind him. Francis Bacon
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Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God, part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly. Francis Bacon
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I knew a wise man that had it for a by-word, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, "Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner." 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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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
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I would like, in my arbitrary way, to bring one nearer to the actual human being. Francis Bacon
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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
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