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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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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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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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The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. Francis Bacon
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Never any knowledge was delivered in the same order it was invented. Francis Bacon
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But the best demonstration by far is experience, if it go not beyond the actual experiment. Francis Bacon
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It is idle to expect any great advancement in science from the superinducing and engrafting of new things upon old. We must begin anew from the very foundations, unless we would revolve for ever in a circle with mean and contemptible progress. Francis Bacon
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The worst solitude is to have no real friendships. Francis Bacon
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Silence is the virtue of fools. Francis Bacon
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Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible. Francis Bacon
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God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave. Francis Bacon
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There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self. Francis Bacon
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Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread. Francis Bacon
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We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. Francis Bacon
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They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils. Francis Bacon
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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon
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A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. Francis Bacon
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Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. Francis Bacon
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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other. Francis Bacon
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A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. Francis Bacon
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Neither the naked hand nor the understanding left to itself can effect much. It is by instruments and helps that the work is done, which are as much wanted for the understanding as for the hand. And as the instruments of the hand either give motion or guide it, so the instruments of the mind supply either suggestions for the understanding or cautions. Francis Bacon
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There is no doubt but men of genius and leisure may carry our method to greater perfection, but, having had long experience, we have found none equal to it for the commodiousness it affords in working with the Understanding. Francis Bacon
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There is nothing more certain in nature than that it is impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated. Francis Bacon
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Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity. Francis Bacon
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To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. Francis Bacon
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Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason Francis Bacon
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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that traveleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel. Francis Bacon
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Virtue is like a rich stone - best plain set. Francis Bacon
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I bequeath my soul to God... My body to be buried obscurely. For my name and memory, I leave it to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and the next age. Francis Bacon
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Antiquitas saeculi juventus mundi. [The age of antiquity is the youth of the world.] These times are the ancient times, when the world is ancient, and not those which we account ancient ordine retrogrado, by a computation backward from ourselves. Francis Bacon
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Like strawberry wives, that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot, and all the rest were little ones. Francis Bacon
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Sir Amice Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say. Stay a while, that we may make an end the sooner. Francis Bacon
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Come home to men's business and bosoms. Francis Bacon
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Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not shew the masks and mummeries and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candlelights. Francis Bacon
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There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame as to be found false and perfidious. Francis Bacon
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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Francis Bacon
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Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust. Francis Bacon
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