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Francis Bacon Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Francis Bacon

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This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education;
in the elder,
a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

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Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
- Francis Bacon

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
- Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not;
a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
- Francis Bacon


 

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
- Francis Bacon

Things alter for the worse spontaneously,
if they be not altered for the better designedly.
- Francis Bacon

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

God Almighty first planted a garden.
And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
- Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
- Francis Bacon

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
- Francis Bacon

I will never be an old man.
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land,
when they can see nothing but sea.
- Francis Bacon

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils;
for time is the greatest innovator.
- Francis Bacon

Those that want friends to open themselves unto
are cannibals of their own hearts.
- Francis Bacon

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
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

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
- Francis Bacon

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments,
and for ability.
- Francis Bacon

Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
- Francis Bacon

Opportunity makes a thief.
- Francis Bacon

There is nothing makes a man suspect much,
more than to know little.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

God's first creature, which was light.
- Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
- Francis Bacon

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
- Francis Bacon

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion,
and opinion brings on substance.
- Francis Bacon

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please
or displease only in the memory.
- Francis Bacon

Fortitude is the marshal of thought,
the armor of the will,
and the fort of reason.
- Francis Bacon

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
- Francis Bacon

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
- Francis Bacon

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast,
a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
- Francis Bacon

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
- Francis Bacon

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
- Francis Bacon

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively,
he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind,
yet she is not invisible.
- Francis Bacon

Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
- Francis Bacon

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism,
but larger amounts bring us back to God.
- Francis Bacon

For also knowledge itself is power.
- Francis Bacon

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

The worst men often give the best advice.
- Francis Bacon

Friendship increases in visiting friends,
but in visiting them seldom.
- Francis Bacon

In order for the light to shine so brightly,
the darkness must be present.
- Francis Bacon

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

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen,
so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
- Francis Bacon

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green,
which otherwise would heal and do well.
- Francis Bacon

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
- Francis Bacon

It is impossible to love and to be wise.
- Francis Bacon

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
- Francis Bacon

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
- Francis Bacon

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

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
- Francis Bacon

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
- Francis Bacon

Friends are thieves of time.
- Francis Bacon

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

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon

People have discovered that they can fool the devil;
but they can't fool the neighbors.
- Francis Bacon

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Francis Bacon

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes;
adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon


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