Quotes by Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, KC (22 January 1561 - 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman and essayist but is best known for leading the scientific revolution with his new 'observation and experimentation' theory which is the way science has been conducted ever since. He was knighted in 1603, created Baron Verulam in 1618, and created Viscount St Alban in 1621; both peerage titles became extinct upon his death. more

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The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.
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.
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. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.
Cure the disease and kill the patient.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
All colors will agree in the dark.
Without friends the world is but a wilderness. There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his grieves to his friend, but he grieveth the less.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.
In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Science is but an image of the truth.
The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
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.
Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.
Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

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