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Studies serve for delight, for ornaments,
by Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
- Francis Bacon

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

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
- 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

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

People usually think according to their inclinations,
speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions,
but generally act according to custom.
- Francis Bacon

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

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves
is hating ourselves as we hate our 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

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

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

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

Opportunity makes a thief.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy;
but in passing it over,
he is superior.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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