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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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All the operations of Nature are gradual.
      - [Moderation]

All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great.
      - [Admiration]

Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped, but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh fiery, and thereby malign and venomous.
      - [Ambition]

An angry man who suppresses his passions thinks worse than he speaks; and an angry man that will chide speaks worse than he thinks.
      - [Anger]

Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken, do invite men to inquire further; whereas methods carrying the show of a total do secure men, as if they were at furthest.
      - [Apothegms]

As atheism is in all respects hateful, so in this, that it depriveth human nature of the means to exalt itself above human frailty.
      - [Atheism]

As those wines which flow from the first treading of the grape are sweeter and better than those forced out by the press, which gives them the roughness of the husk and stone, so are those doctrines best and sweetest which flow from a gentle crush of the scriptures and are not wrung into controversies and commonplaces.
      - [Doctrine]

As threshing separates the corn from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
      - [Affliction]

As to jest, there ought to be certain things privileged from it--namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, and man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity.
      - [Jesting]

Ask a counsel of both times-of the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.
      - [Counsel]

Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man.
      - [Atheism]

Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; 't is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort.
      - [Bashfulness]

Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.
      - [Self]

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush.
      - [Beauty]

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.
      - [Riches]

Blushing is the livery of virtue.
      - [Blushes]

Boldness is a child of ignorance.
      - [Boldness]

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.
      - [Boldness]

Books are true friends that will never flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself, and you shall need no other comfort.
      - [Books]

Books will speak plain when counselors blanch.
      - [Books]

Business is bought at a dear hand where there is small despatch.
      - [Despatch]

But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far its extendeth. For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
      - [Solitude]

By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior.
      - [Revenge]

Certainly the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto Nature, is weak.
      - [Death]

Certainly, if a man will but keep of an even hand, his ordinary expenses ought to be but to the half of his receipts; and if he thinks to wax rich, but to the third part.
      - [Economy]


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