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Francis Bacon
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There is in man's nature a secret inclination and motion towards love of others, which, if it be not spent upon some one or a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable, as it is seen sometimes in friars. Nuptial love maketh mankind, friendly love perfecteth it, but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Francis Bacon
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Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn. Francis Bacon
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Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul. Francis Bacon
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Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. Francis Bacon
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It is natural to die as to be born. Francis Bacon
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The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. Francis Bacon
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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon
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Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished. Francis Bacon
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Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws. Francis Bacon
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I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind. Francis Bacon
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Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability. Francis Bacon
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A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it. Francis Bacon
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Knowledge and human power are synonymous. Francis Bacon
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Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion. Francis Bacon
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A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open. 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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The only really interesting thing is what happens between two people in a room. Francis Bacon
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Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it. Francis Bacon
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Books speak plain when counselors blanch. Francis Bacon
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Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake... Francis Bacon
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For many parts of Nature can neither be invented with sufficient subtlety, nor demonstrated with sufficient perspicuity, nor accommodated unto use with sufficient dexterity, without the aid and intervening of the mathematics, of which sort are perspective, music, astronomy, cosmography, architecture, engineery, and divers others. Francis Bacon
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Lucid intervals and happy pauses. Francis Bacon
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For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself. Francis Bacon
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My Lord St. Albans said that Nature did never put her precious jewels into a garret four stories high, and therefore that exceeding tall men had ever very empty heads. Francis Bacon
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Sir Henry Wotton used to say that critics are like brushers of noblemen's clothes. Francis Bacon
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No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth. Francis Bacon
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There is a cunning which we in England call the turning of the cat in the pan; which is, when that which a man says to another, he lays it as if another had said it to him. Francis Bacon
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It is the nature of extreme self-lovers, as they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs. Francis Bacon
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As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all Innovations, which are the births of time. Francis Bacon
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Cure the disease and kill the patient. 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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No man is angry that feels not himself hurt. Francis Bacon
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The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude. Francis Bacon
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If there be fuel prepared, it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire. Francis Bacon
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Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon
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A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war. Francis Bacon
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Friendship redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half. Francis Bacon
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When a judge departs from the letter of the law he becomes a lawbreaker. Francis Bacon
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I hold every man a debtor to his profession. Francis Bacon
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It had been hard for him that spake it to have put more truth and untruth together, in few words, than in that speech: Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast, or a god'. Francis Bacon
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New nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time. Francis Bacon
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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 civil business; what first? Boldness; what second, and third? Boldness. And yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness. Francis Bacon
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Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honour aspireth to it; grief flieth to it. Francis Bacon
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Let diaries, therefore, be brought in use. Francis Bacon
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It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear. Francis Bacon
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Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied. Francis Bacon
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In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues. Francis Bacon
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Money makes a good servant, but a bad master. Francis Bacon
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The poets did well to conjoin Music And Medicine in Apollo: because the office of medicine is but to tune this curious harp of man's body and to reduce it to harmony. Francis Bacon
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Just as it is always said of slander that something always sticks when people boldly slander, so it might be said of self-praise (if it is not entirely shameful and ridiculous) that if we praise ourselves fearlessly, something will always stick. Francis Bacon
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Take an arrow, and hold it in flame for the space of ten pulses, and when it cometh forth you shall find those parts of the arrow which were on the outsides of the flame more burned, blacked, and turned almost to coal, whereas the midst of the flame will be as if the fire had scarce touched it. This is an instance of great consequence for the discovery of the nature of flame; and sheweth manifestly, that flame burneth more violently towards the sides than in the midst. 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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What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. 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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Deformed persons commonly take revenge on nature. Francis Bacon
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The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body and reduce it to harmony. Francis Bacon
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Aristotle... a mere bond-servant to his logic, thereby rendering it contentious and well nigh useless. Francis Bacon
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By far the best proof is experience. Francis Bacon
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Observation and experiment for gathering material, induction and deduction for elaborating it: these are are only good intellectual tools. Francis Bacon
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We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Francis Bacon
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Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion. Francis Bacon
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A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage. Francis Bacon
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Some are so close and reserved that they will not show their wares but by a dark light, and seem always to keep back somewhat; and when they know within themselves they speak of that which they do not well know, would nevertheless seem to others to know of that which they may not well speak. Francis Bacon
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He is truly well-bred who knows when to value and when to despise those national peculiarities, which are regarded by some with so much observance; a traveller of taste at once perceives that the wise are polite all the world over, but that fools are polite only at home. Francis Bacon
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The images of men's wits and knowledge remain in books, exempted from the worry of time and capable of perpetual renovation. Francis Bacon
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In counsel it is good to see dangers; but in execution not to see them unless they be very great. Francis Bacon
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Goodness answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess but error. 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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A gamester, the greater master he is in his art, the worse man he is. Francis Bacon
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There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Francis Bacon
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