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Judges ought to be more leaned than witty,
by 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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Francis Bacon

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

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves
is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

Opportunity makes a thief.
- Francis Bacon

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

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches,
and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
- Francis Bacon

Acorns were good until bread was found.
- Francis Bacon

Write down the thoughts of the moment.
Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
- Francis Bacon

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

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
- Francis Bacon

But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life
it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
- Francis Bacon

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

Seek ye first the good things of the mind,
and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

Choose the life that is most useful,
and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- Francis Bacon

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

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune;
for they are impediments to great enterprises,
either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon

Fortune is like the market, where, many times,
if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
- 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

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

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

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits,
but not when it misses.
- Francis Bacon

For also knowledge itself is power.
- Francis Bacon

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

Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
- Francis Bacon

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times
surprise a man and lay him open.
- Francis Bacon

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than
the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
- Francis Bacon

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

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


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