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Francis Bacon quotes (88)

All rising to great place is by a winding stair.
Francis Bacon   Category: Diet

Look to make your course regular that men may know beforehand what they may expect.
Francis Bacon   Category: Unsorted

Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason.
Francis Bacon   Category: Word

Men commonly think according to their inclinations speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions but generally act according to custom.
Francis Bacon   Category: Custom

The remedy is worse than the disease.
Francis Bacon   Category: Disease

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Francis Bacon   Category: Art

Read not to contradict and confute nor to believe and take for granted nor to find talk and discourse but to weigh and consider.
Francis Bacon   Category: Book

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
Francis Bacon   Category: Adversity

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon   Category: Find

All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart as landscapes their variety from light.
Francis Bacon   Category: Heart

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   Category: Mind

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one and pass over the other.
Francis Bacon   Category: Memory

If we do not maintain Justice Justice will not maintain us.
Francis Bacon   Category: Others

Philosophy when superficially studied excites doubt when thoroughly explored it dispels it.
Francis Bacon   Category: Philosophy

I knew one that when he wrote a letter he would put that which was most material in the postscript as if it had been a bymatter.
Francis Bacon   Category: Letter

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   Category: Marriage

The human understanding is no dry light but receives an infusion from the will and affectionsÂ… What a man had rather were true he more readily believes.
Francis Bacon   Category: Understand

Knowledge itself is power. Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.
Francis Bacon   Category: Knowledge

Old wood best to burn old wine to drink old friends to trust and old authors to read.
Francis Bacon   Category: Age

Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.
Francis Bacon   Category: University

It is not the lie that passeth through the mind but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it that doth the hurt.
Francis Bacon   Category: Lever

If money be not thy servant it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth as that may be said to possess him.
Francis Bacon   Category: Avarice

Wives are young men's mistresses companions for middle age and old men's nurses.
Francis Bacon   Category: Companion

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.
Francis Bacon   Category: Fool

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
Francis Bacon   Category: Thief

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea.
Francis Bacon   Category: Discovery

It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth ... and to see the errors and wanderings and mists and tempests in the vale below.
Francis Bacon   Category: Truth

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   Category: Imagination

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; And writing an exact man.
Francis Bacon   Category: Literature

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
Francis Bacon   Category: Discretion

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

As is the garden such is the gardener. A mans nature runs either to herbs or weeds.
Francis Bacon   Category: Garden

A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Francis Bacon   Category: Question

Hope is a good breakfast but it is a bad supper.
Francis Bacon   Category: Breakfast

Money is a good servant but a bad master.
Francis Bacon   Category: Money

Acorns were good until bread was found.
Francis Bacon   Category: Improve

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon   Category: Sick

Travel in the younger sort is a part of education; in the elder a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language goeth to school and not to travel.
Francis Bacon   Category: Travel

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Francis Bacon   Category: Beauty

A crowd is not company and faces are but a gallery of pictures.
Francis Bacon   Category: Mob

It is impossible to love and be wise.
Francis Bacon   Category: Wise

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.
Francis Bacon   Category: Death

No man is angry that feels not himself hurt.
Francis Bacon   Category: Anger

Children sweeten labors but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon   Category: Children

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Francis Bacon   Category: Wisdom

A king is one who has few things to desire and many things to fear.
Francis Bacon   Category: Desire

I would live to study not study to live.
Francis Bacon   Category: Study

Man seeketh in society comfort use and protection.
Francis Bacon   Category: Seek

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Francis Bacon   Category: Strength

Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.
Francis Bacon   Category: History

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
Francis Bacon   Category: Youth

Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Francis Bacon   Category: Responsibility

There are three things which make a nation great and prosperous a fertile soil busy workshops and easy conveyance for men and commodities.
Francis Bacon   Category: Gravity

Riches are a good handmaid but the worst mistress.
Francis Bacon   Category: Wealth

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; But wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
Francis Bacon   Category: Sex

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.
Francis Bacon   Category: Advice

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.
Francis Bacon   Category: Virtue

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

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief the other is contumely.
Francis Bacon   Category: God

Our humanity is a poor thing except for the divinity that stirs within us.
Francis Bacon   Category: Housework

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Francis Bacon   Category: Friendship

Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.
Francis Bacon   Category: Self

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
Francis Bacon   Category: Change

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

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.
Francis Bacon   Category: Certainty

To choose time is to save time.
Francis Bacon   Category: Time

Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
Francis Bacon   Category: Confuse

A man ought warily to begin charges which once begun will continue.
Francis Bacon   Category: Law

Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state servants of fame and servants of business.
Francis Bacon   Category: Servant

The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.
Francis Bacon   Category: Love

I will never be an old man. To me old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Francis Bacon   Category: Old

Why should a man be in love with his fetters though of gold?
Francis Bacon   Category: Slavery

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world.
Francis Bacon   Category: Citizen

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.
Francis Bacon   Category: Body

The worlds a bubble; and the life of man Less than a span.
Francis Bacon   Category: Life

It is true that a little philosophy inclineth mans mind to atheism but depth in philosophy bringeth mens minds about to religion.
Francis Bacon   Category: Atheism

But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
Francis Bacon   Category: Action

Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good Fortune deceived not
Francis Bacon   Category: Fortune

A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.
Francis Bacon   Category: Government

Fame is like a river that beareth up things light and swollen and drowns things weighty and solid.
Francis Bacon   Category: False

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament adversity is the blessing of the New.
Francis Bacon   Category: Bible

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.
Francis Bacon   Category: Pleasure

In nature things move violently to their place and calmly in their place.
Francis Bacon   Category: Calm

A man must make his opportunity as oft as find it.
Francis Bacon   Category: Opportunity

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; But in charity there is no excess neither can angel or man come in danger by it.
Francis Bacon   Category: Charity

For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes.
Francis Bacon   Category: Belief

Things alter for the worse spontaneously if they be not altered for the better designedly.
Francis Bacon   Category: Spontaneous

Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.
Francis Bacon   Category: Nature