Francis Bacon Quotes

Francis Bacon

(1597-1625)

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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.

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Prosperity is not without many fears and distaste; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

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Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.

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

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Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtue shine and vice blush.

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

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He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.

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The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.

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Friends are thieves of time.

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Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

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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.

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

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If a man will begin with certainties, he will end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he will end in certainties.

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

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

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Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

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

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Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

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

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Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

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When a traveller returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath travelled altogether behind him.

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It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other.

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There are times of pure joy when you wish all human life well.

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A good life is a series of joyful meetings and joyful moments.

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