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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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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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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 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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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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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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Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul. 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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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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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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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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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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