Francis Bacon Quotes


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island, cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Constancy is the foundation of virtue.
Love and envy make a man pine, which other affections do not, because they are not so continual.
The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
Knowledge is power. (Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.)
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
Children sweeten labours; but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the care of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. The perpetuity of generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, and noble works, are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men; which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed.
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.
All rising to great place is by winding stair.
To know truly is to know by causes.
For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence; and things mean and splendid exist alike.
I have taken all knowledge to be my province.
It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. 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.
Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
A wise man will make more opportunities then he finds.
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.
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
Uncommon valor was a common virtue.

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