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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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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 a man's self, and there is no such remedy against flattery of a man's self as the liberty of a friend.
      - [Advice]

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.
      - [Human Nature]

There is no affectation in passion, for that putteth a man out of his precepts.
      - [Anger]

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding, and that which is lost by not trying.
      - [Success]

There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginning and outsets of things.
      - [Opportunity]

There is no way but to meditate and ruminate well upon the effects of anger,--how it troubles man's life; and the best time to do this is to look back upon anger when the fit is thoroughly over.
      - [Anger]

There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and, therefore, men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions to smother.
      - [Suspicion]

There is some good in public envy, whereas in private there is none; for public envy is as an ostracism that eclipseth men when they grow too great; and therefore it is a bridle also to great ones to keep within bounds.
      - [Envy]

There is the supreme and indissoluble consanguinity between men, of which the heathen poet saith, we are all His generation.
      - [Man]

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.
      - [Wisdom]

There never was found, in any age of the world, either religion or law that did so highly exalt the public good as the Bible.
      - [Bible]

This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects, for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
      - [Communication]

This world's a bubble.
      - ascribed to, by Thomas Farnaby [World]

Those Spaniards in Mexico who were chased of the Indians tell us what to do with our goods in our extremity. They being to pass over a river in their flight, as many as cast away their gold swam over safe; but some, more covetous, keeping their gold, were either drowned with it, or overtaken and slain by the savages: you have received, now learn to give.
      - [Gifts]

Those who want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts.
      - [Friends]

Three means to fortify belief are experience, reason, and authority. Of these the more potent is authority; for belief upon reason or experience will stagger.
      - [Authority]

Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface.
      - [Time]

Time is the greatest of innovators.
      - [Time]

To be free-minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.
      - [Cheerfulness]

To choose time is to save time.
      - [Time]

To grief there is a limit; not so to fear.
      - [Fear]

To speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance, the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in morals is the more heroic virtue.
      - [Prosperity]

To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
      - [Fear : Suffering]

Too much magnifying of man or matter doth irritate contradiction, and procure envy and scorn.
      - [Praise]

Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
      - [Truth]


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