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Francis Bacon

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Biography : English philosopher and statesman.
Born: 1561 - Died: 1626
Period:
17th century
16th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
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Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.
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Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
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Knowledge is power.
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If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
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Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken, do invite men to inquire further.
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A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
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Science is but an image of the truth.
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The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
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A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
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Hope may seem a kind of Leaf-joy, and like Gold, extremely ductile.
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Consistency is the foundation of virtue.
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A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
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The sum of behaviour is to retain a man's dignity without intruding upon the liberty of others.
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Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man's knowledge.
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Philosophy only is the true one which reproduces most faithfully the statements of nature, and is written down, as it were, from nature's dictation, so that it is nothing but a copy and a reflection of nature, and adds nothing of its own, but is merely a repetition and echo.
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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
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Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
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Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
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Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
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The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
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Friends are thieves of time.
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I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
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Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
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