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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. Francis Bacon
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