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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not show the masks and mummeries of the world half so stately and daintily as candlelights.
      - [Truth]

Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections,--as merry tunes, doleful tunes, solemn tunes, tunes inclining men's minds to pity, warlike tunes,--so that it is no marvel if they alter the spirits, considering that tunes have a predisposition to the motion of the spirits.
      - [Music]

Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away, and almost all fugitives are of that condition.
      - [Celibacy]

Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug.
      - [Usury]

Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
      - [Vanity]

Virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
      - [Virtue]

We cannot think too oft there is a never, never-sleeping Eye, which reads the heart, and registers our thoughts.
      - [God]

We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom; and certainly there is a great difference between a cunning man and a wise man, not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability.
      - [Cunning]

What then remains, but that we still should cry
  Not to be born, or being born to die.
      - ascribed to,
        a paraphrase of a Greek epigram [Death]

When all is done, the help of good counsel is that which setteth business straight.
      - [Counsel]

When any of the four pillars of government are mainly shaken or weakened--which are religion, justice, counsel and treasure--men need to pray for fair weather.
      - [Government]

When things are come to the execution, there is no secrecy comparable to celerity.
      - [Procrastination]

Whereas they have sacrificed to themselves, they become sacrificers to the inconstancy of fortune, whose wings they thought, by their self-wisdom, to have pinioned.
      - [Fortune]

Who taught the parrot his "Welcome?" Who taught the raven in a drought to throw pebbles into a hollow tree where she espied water, that the water might rise so as she might come to it? Who taught the bee to sail through such a vast sea of air, and to find the way from a flower in a field to her hive? Who taught the ant to bite every grain of corn that she burieth in her hill, lest it should take root and grow?
      - [Instinct]

Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul.
      - [Impatience]

Whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship, he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity.
      - [Friendship]

Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing; it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall; it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him; it is the wisdom of crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
      - [Wisdom]

Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past.
      - [Words]

The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one?
  [Lat., Vox populi habet aliquid divinum: nam quomo do aliter tot capita in unum conspirare possint?]
      - 9. Laus, Existimatio [Public]

For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.
      - Advancement of Learning [Cleanliness]

Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment.
      - Advancement of Learning [Words]

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
      - Advancement of Learning (bk. I)
        [Knowledge]

But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.
      - Advancement of Learning
         (bk. I, Advantages of Learning) [Books]

States are great engines moving slowly.
      - Advancement of Learning (bk. II)
        [Government]

That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, "that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off."
      - Advancement of Learning (bk. II) [Fortune]


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