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Opportunity makes a thief. ...
by Francis Bacon

Opportunity makes a thief.
- 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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is power.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
- Francis Bacon

For also knowledge itself is power.
- Francis Bacon

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome,
seldom extinguished.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning
the soul to good or evil.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
- 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

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

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

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead,
but only the stroke of death.
- Francis Bacon

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

Friends are thieves of time.
- 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

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

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

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

By indignities men come to dignities.
- Francis Bacon

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on:
therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
- Francis Bacon

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


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