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 :: 1561-1626, British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

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Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.
~ Francis Bacon - [Age and Aging]

 

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Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
~ Francis Bacon - [Discretion]

 

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Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
~ Francis Bacon - [Fame]

 

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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.
~ Francis Bacon - [Love]

 

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For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.
~ Francis Bacon - [Wisdom]

 

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For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
~ Francis Bacon - [Heresy]

 

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Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
~ Francis Bacon - [Fate]

 

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God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure.
~ Francis Bacon - [Gardening and Gardens]

 

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God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
~ Francis Bacon - [Providence]

 

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God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
~ Francis Bacon - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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God's first creature, which was light.
~ Francis Bacon - [Creation]

 

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Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
~ Francis Bacon - [Fame]

 

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He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
~ Francis Bacon - [Advice]

 

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He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
~ Francis Bacon - [Family]

 

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He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?.
~ Francis Bacon - [Problems]

 

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Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
~ Francis Bacon - [History and Historians]

 

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Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
~ Francis Bacon - [Hope]

 

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Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
~ Francis Bacon - [Home]

 

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I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
~ Francis Bacon - [Death and Dying]

 

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I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
~ Francis Bacon - [Atheism]

 

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