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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

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

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
- 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

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

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

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall;
the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
- Francis Bacon

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

Who questions much, shall learn much,
and retain much.
- Francis Bacon

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of
history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon

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

By indignities men come to dignities.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us,
on this side of the grave.
- 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

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

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences,
for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
- Francis Bacon

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

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
- Francis Bacon

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism,
but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing
the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
- Francis Bacon

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
- Francis Bacon

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

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
- Francis Bacon

Many a man's strength is in opposition,
and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
- Francis Bacon

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

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public,
have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Francis Bacon

When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends.
They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
- Francis Bacon

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted...
but to weigh and consider.
- Francis Bacon

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to,
the more ought law to weed it out.
- 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

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.
- Francis Bacon

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers,
it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- Francis Bacon

It is natural to die as to be born.
- Francis Bacon

The place of justice is a hallowed place.
- Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others,
that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

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


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