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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man. Francis Bacon
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Defer not charities till death; for certainly, if a man weigh it rightly, he that doth so is rather liberal of another man's than of his own. Francis Bacon
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Virtue is like precious odours,-most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. Francis Bacon
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The essential form of knowledge... is nothing but a representation of truth: for the truth of being and the truth of knowing are one, differing no more than the direct beam and the beam reflected. Francis Bacon
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Lastly, I would address one general admonition to all: that they consider what are the true ends of knowledge, and that they seek it not either for pleasure of the mind, or for contention, or for superiority to others, or for profit, or fame, or power, or any of these inferior things: but for the benefit and use of life; and that they perfect and govern it in charity. Francis Bacon
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He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith. Francis Bacon
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Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch, Till the white-wing'd reapers come. Francis Bacon
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Love and envy make a man pine, which other affections do not, because they are not so continual. Francis Bacon
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It's always hopeless to talk about painting - one never does anything but talk around it. Francis Bacon
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I've had photographs taken for portraits because I very much prefer working from the photographs than from models... I couldn't attempt to do a portrait from photographs of somebody I didn't know... Francis Bacon
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I loathe my own face, and I've done self-portraits because I've had nobody else to do. Francis Bacon
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Because the acts or events of true history have not that magnitude which satisfieth the mind of man, poesy feigneth acts and events greater and more heroical. Francis Bacon
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I think of myself as a kind of pulverizing machine into which everything I look at and feel is fed. I believe that I am different from the mixed-media jackdaws who use photographs etc. more or less literally. 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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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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Merit and good works is the end of man's motion, and conscience of the same is the accomplishment of man's rest. Francis Bacon
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Imagination I understand to be the representation of an individual thought. Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present. Francis Bacon
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Goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. This of all the virtues and dignities of the mind, is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing. Francis Bacon
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The ways to enrich are many, and most of them foul. Parsimony is one of the best, and yet is not innocent; for it withholdeth men from works of liberality and charity. Francis Bacon
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Of all things known to mortals wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all. 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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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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By far the best proof is experience. 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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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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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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Mr. Bettenham said that virtuous men were like some herbs and spices, that give not out their sweet smell till they be broken or crushed. 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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