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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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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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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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Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion. 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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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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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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All artists are vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free. Francis Bacon
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What then remains but that we still should cry, For being born, and, being born, to die? Francis Bacon
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... wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity. Francis Bacon
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The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought. Francis Bacon
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I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance. Francis Bacon
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I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do. Francis Bacon
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The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness. Francis Bacon
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I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto. Francis Bacon
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He that seeketh to be eminent amongst able men hath a great task; but that is ever good for the public. But he that plots to be the only figure amongst ciphers is the decay of a whole age. Francis Bacon
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To know truly is to know by causes. Francis Bacon
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Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards success. Francis Bacon
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I'm just trying to make images as accurately as possible off my nervous system as I can. Francis Bacon
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The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren, sometimes like a Fury. Francis Bacon
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Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the price of a diamond or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights. A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubt that, if there were taken out of men's minds vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds of a number of men poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves? Francis Bacon
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In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts. Francis Bacon
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My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next are. Francis Bacon
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Studies teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Francis Bacon
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Physic is of little use to a temperate person, for a man's own observation on what he finds does him good, and what hurts him is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon
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Fortune is not content to do a man one ill turn. Francis Bacon
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A man's nature is best perceived in privateness, for there is no affectation; in passion, for that putteth a man out of his precepts; and in a new case or experiment, for there custom leaveth him. Francis Bacon
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Believe not much them that seem to despise riches; for they despise them that despair of them; and none are worse when they come to them. Be not penny-wise; riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves, sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. Francis Bacon
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