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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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Nero was wont to say of his master, Seneca, that his style was like mortar without lime.
      - [Style]

No man is angry that feels not himself hurt.
      - [Anger]

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.
      - [Pleasure]

No receipt openeth the heart but a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift or confession.
      - [Friends]

Not to resolve is to resolve; and many times it breeds as many necessities, and engageth as far in some other sort, as to resolve.
      - [Irresolution]

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much.
      - [Power]

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
      - [Cunning]

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
      - [Variety]

Nothing is to be feared but fear.
      - [Fear]

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
      - [Sex]

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.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

Of great riches there is no real use, except in the distribution; the rest is but conceit.
      - [Riches]

Our humanity were a poor thing were it not for the divinity which stirs within us.
      - [Humanity]

Out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records, and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books, and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time.
      - [Apothegms]

Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
      - [Philosophy]

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.
      - [Health]

Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows vain persons than virtuous ones.
      - [Applause]

Praise is the reflection of virtue.
      - [Praise]

Providence for war is the best prevention of it.
      - [War]

Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously.
      - [Brevity]

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
      - [Reading]

Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
      - [Stomach]

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
      - [Riches]

Round dealing is the honor of man's nature; and a mixture of falsehood is like alloy in gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
      - [Falsehood]

Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards success.
      - [Secrecy]


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