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Francis Bacon Quotes

Let these quotes by Francis Bacon help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

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

Related topics: Friendship Relationship

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
- Francis Bacon

Those that want friends to open themselves unto
are cannibals of their own hearts.
- 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

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We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

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

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education;
in the elder,
a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes;
adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
- Francis Bacon

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of
history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon

There is no comparison between that which is lost by
not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
- Francis Bacon

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

Opportunity makes a thief.
- Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to,
the more ought law to weed it out.
- Francis Bacon

I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend,
and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
- Francis Bacon

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
- Francis Bacon

Fortitude is the marshal of thought,
the armor of the will,
and the fort of reason.
- Francis Bacon

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

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
adversity is the blessing of the New.
- Francis Bacon

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

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers,
it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- 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

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

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

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves
is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
- Francis Bacon

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

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast,
a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome,
seldom extinguished.
- Francis Bacon

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

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

In order for the light to shine so brightly,
the darkness must be present.
- 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

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.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
- Francis Bacon

The worst men often give the best advice.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
- Francis Bacon

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches,
and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it;
but if you extinguish it,
you will not easily kindle it again.
- Francis Bacon


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