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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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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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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 only really interesting thing is what happens between two people in a room. 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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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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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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The Scripture saith, The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God; it is not said, The fool hath thought in his heart; so as he rather saith it, by rote to himself, as that he would have, than that he can thoroughly believe it, or be persuaded of it....It appeareth in nothing more, that atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon
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A good name is like precious ointment ; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. Francis Bacon
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There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him "Was your mother never at Rome?" He answered "No Sir; but my father was." 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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But the idols of the Market Place are the most troublesome of all: idols which have crept into the understanding through their alliances with words and names. For men believe that their reason governs words. But words turn and twist the understanding. This it is that has rendered philosophy and the sciences inactive. Words are mostly cut to the common fashion and draw the distinctions which are most obvious to the common understanding. Whenever an understanding of greater acuteness or more diligent observation would alter those lines to suit the true distinctions of nature, words complain. Francis Bacon
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In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees. Francis Bacon
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Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled: Mahomet called the hill to come to him again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, 'If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.' Francis Bacon
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All good moral philosophy is ... but the handmaid to religion. Francis Bacon
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An illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact. Francis Bacon
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We rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps. Francis Bacon
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The world's a bubble, and the life of man, Less than a span. Francis Bacon
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Children sweeten labours. But they make misfortune more bitter. They increase the care of life. But they mitigate the remembrance of death. The perpetuity of generation is common to beasts. But memory, merit and noble works are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed. Francis Bacon
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Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically depicted, it will be as it were an ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly Francis Bacon
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I believe in deeply ordered chaos Francis Bacon
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The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness , of fear and pleasure; it's a little like making love, the physical act of love. Francis Bacon
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When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather. Francis Bacon
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Crafty men condemn studies; Simple men admire them; And wise men use them: For they teach not their own use: but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. 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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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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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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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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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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The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it. 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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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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