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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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Art is man added to Nature. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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