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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them.
      - [Riches : Wealth]

Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
      - [Goodness]

Self-respect is, next to religion, the chiefest bridle of all vices.
      - [Self-respect]

Sir Amyas Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say, "Stay awhile, that we may make an end the sooner.
      - [Haste]

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.
      - [Wisdom]

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.
      - [Pretension]

Speech of a man's self ought to be seldom and well chosen. I knew one was wont to say in scorn, "He must needs be a wise man, he speaks so much of himself." There is but one case wherein a man may commend himself with good grace, and that is in commending virtue in another, especially if it be a virtue whereunto himself pretendeth.
      - [Egotism]

States as great engines move slowly.
      - [States]

Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner.
      - [Proverbs]

Studies teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
      - [Study]

Superstition, without a veil, is a deformed thing; for, as it addeth deformity to an ape to be so like a man, so the similitude of superstition to religion makes it the more deformed; and as wholesome meat corrupteth to little worms, so good forms and orders corrupt into a number of petty observances.
      - [Superstition]

Surely the continual habit of dissimulation is but a weak and sluggish cunning, and not greatly politic.
      - [Cunning]

Suspicions among thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly to twilight; they are to be repressed, or, at least, well guarded, for they cloud the mind.
      - [Suspicion]

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight.
      - [Suspicion]

Talkers and futile persons are commonly vain and credulous withal, for he that talketh what he knoweth will also talk what he knoweth not; therefore set it down that a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral: and in this part it is good, that a man's face gives his tongue leave to speak; for the discovery of a man's self by the tracts of his countenance is a great weakness, and betraying by how much it is many times more marked and believed than a man's words.
      - [Talking]

Thales was reputed to be one of the wise men who made answer to the question when a man should marry: "A young man not yet, an old man not at all."
      - [Celibacy]

That is the best part of beauty which a picture cannot express.
      - [Beauty]

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
      - [Beauty]

The best receipt--best to work and best to take--is the admonition of a friend.
      - [Counsel]

The breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes like the warbling of music) than in the hand.
      - [Flowers]

The eye of the understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or holes, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.
      - [Understanding]

The first creation of God in the works of the days was the light of the sense; the last was the light of the reason: and His Sabbath-work ever since is the illumination of the spirit.
      - [Light]

The flood of grief decreaseth when it can swell no longer.
      - [Grief]

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and over the other.
      - [Superstition]

The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.
      - [Proverbs (General)]


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