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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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He that travels into a country before he has some entrance into the language, goeth to school and not to travel.
      - [Travel]

Hope is a leaf-joy which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.
      - [Hope]

I cannot call riches better than the baggage of virtue; the Roman word is better, impedimenta; for as the baggage is to an army, so is riches to virtue; it cannot be spared nor left behind, but it hindereth the march; yea, and the care of it sometimes loseth or disturbeth the victory; of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution; the rest is but conceit.
      - [Riches]

I have taken all knowledge to be my province.
      - [Knowledge]

I knew a wise man who had it for a by-word when he saw men hasten to a conclusion: "Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner."
      - [Caution]

I know not how, but martial men are given to love. I think it is but as they are given to wine; for perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures.
      - [Bravery]

I take all knowledge to be my province.
      - [Knowledge]

I will say positively and resolutely that is it impossible an elective monarchy should be so free and absolute as an hereditary.
      - [Politics]

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
      - [Courtesy]

If a man can play the true logician, and have judgment as well as invention, he may do great matters.
      - [Logic]

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune, for, though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
      - [Fortune]

If a man read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know that he doth not.
      - [Reading]

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
      - [Mathematics]

If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of Church and State.
      - [Literature]

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that it may be said to possess him.
      - [Covetousness]

If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.
      - [Vice]

Imagination I understand to be the representation of an individual thought. Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present.
      - [Imagination]

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
      - [Imagination]

In all other human gifts and passions, though they advance nature, yet they are subject to excess; but charity alone admits no excess. For so we see, by aspiring to be like God in power the angels transgressed and fell; by aspiring to be like God in knowledge man transgressed and fell; but by aspiring to be like God in goodness or love, neither man nor angel ever did or shall transgress. For unto that imitation we are called.
      - [Charity]

In contemplation, if a man begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
      - [Doubt]

In counsel it is good to see dangers; but in execution not to see them unless they be very great.
      - [Danger]

In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place.
      - [Nature]

In regard of our deliverance past, and our danger present and to come, let us look up to God, and every man reform his own ways.
      - [Reformation]

In revenge a man is but even with his enemy; for it is a princely thing to pardon, and Solomon saith it is the glory of a man to pass over a transgression.
      - [Revenge]

In States, arms and learning have a concurrence or near sequence in time.
      - [States]


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