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  • 1.
    For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Last will, December 19, 1625. Works, vol. 3 (1765).

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  • 2.
    It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Mans Minde to Atheisme; But depth in Philosophy, bringeth Mens Mindes about to Religion.
    Francis Bacon (1560-1626), British leading political figure, essayist. Essays or Counsels, Essay XIV, "Of Atheism," p. 46, Essays, Advancement of Learning, New Atlantis, and other Pieces, ed. Richard Foster Jones, Odyssey Press, New York (1937). An important statement of the "new science."
  • 3.
    If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from others lands, but a continent that joins to them.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature," (1597-1625).

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  • 4.
    Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Marriage and Single Life," (1597-1625).
  • 5.
    Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies," (1597-1625).
  • 6.
    Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Novum Organum, bk. 1, aph. 129 (1620).

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  • 7.
    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 (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Discourse," Essays (1597-1625).
  • 8.
    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.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Simulation and Dissimulation," Essays (1597-1625).
  • 9.
    There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Suspicion," Essays (1597-1625).
  • 10.
    Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Quoting an anonymous source, in "Of Friendship," Essays (1597-1625).

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