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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is power.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
- Francis Bacon

Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

Friends are thieves of time.
- Francis Bacon

Opportunity makes a thief.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By indignities men come to dignities.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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