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Francis Bacon

1561-1626. British statesman and philosopher, father of modern scientific method.

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The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.

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Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.

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Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

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The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

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I would live to study, and not study to live.

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Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

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There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

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In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.

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Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.

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It is natural to die as to be born.

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