Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

Sir Francis Bacon

English author, courtier, & philosopher (1561 - 1626)

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

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Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

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Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.

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Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.

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Knowledge is power.

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There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom

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Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

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

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Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

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The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.

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

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Silence is the virtue of fools.

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

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

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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

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Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

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

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By far the best proof is experience.

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He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.

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Knowledge is power.
(Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est)

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I have taken all knowledge to by my province.

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

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The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

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Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

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Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

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In charity there is no excess.

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For there is no question but a just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.

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Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.

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Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.

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Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

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Read not to contradict and confute

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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

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Dolendi modus, timendi non item.
(To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.)

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Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

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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.

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

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

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

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A prudent question is one half of wisdom.

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Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.

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God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.

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Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain that the virtuous.

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

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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.

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