Francis Bacon Quotes
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Knowledge is power.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
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.
Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
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.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.
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.
Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Opportunity makes a thief.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
By indignities men come to dignities.
God’s first creature, which was light.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
The remedy is worse than the disease.
The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
The place of justice is a hallowed place.
Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
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.
Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
Friends are thieves of time.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
The worst men often give the best advice.
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can’t fool the neighbors.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
Science is but an image of the truth.
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.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
Acorns were good until bread was found.
It is natural to die as to be born.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
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.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
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