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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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Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion. 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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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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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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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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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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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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For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves. Francis Bacon
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All authority must be out of a man's self, turned... either upon an art, or upon a man. Francis Bacon
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The proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come often, great gains now and then. Francis Bacon
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Death openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. Francis Bacon
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Socrates was pronounced by the Oracle of Delphos to be the wisest man in Greece, which he would turn from himself ironically, saying there could be nothing in him to verify the oracle, except this, that he was not wise and knew it, and others were not wise and knew it not. Francis Bacon
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The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears; they cannot utter the one, nor they will not utter the other. Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter; increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death. Francis Bacon
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I paint for myself. I don't know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself. Francis Bacon
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Atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man. Francis Bacon
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If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him. Francis Bacon
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Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority. Francis Bacon
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As is the garden such is the gardener. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds. Francis Bacon
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The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before. Francis Bacon
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Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint. Francis Bacon
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Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit. Francis Bacon
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He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. Francis Bacon
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Do not wonder if the common people speak more truly than those above them: they speak more safely. Francis Bacon
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Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. Francis Bacon
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Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes...and whatever lies upon the heart.... Francis Bacon
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The inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or the wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. Francis Bacon
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If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not. Francis Bacon
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The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer. Francis Bacon
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If I go to the National Gallery and I look at one of the great paintings that excite me there, it's not so much the painting that excites me as that the painting unlocks all kinds of valves of sensation within me which return me to life more violently. Francis Bacon
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