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Francis Bacon
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To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none. Francis Bacon

I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken all knowledge to be my province. Francis Bacon

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

Brutes by their natural instinct have produced many discoveries, whereas men by discussion and the conclusions of reason have given birth to few or none. Francis Bacon

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

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

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. Francis Bacon

It is rightly laid down that 'true knowledge is knowledge by causes'. Also the establishment of four causes is not bad: material, formal, efficient and final. Francis Bacon

Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements,-as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man. Francis Bacon

In taking revenge a man is but equal to his enemy, but in passing it over he is his superior. Francis Bacon

We cannot think too oft there is a never, never-sleeping Eye, which reads the heart, and registers our thoughts. Francis Bacon

Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. Francis Bacon

That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off. Francis Bacon

For behavior, men learn it, as they take diseases, one of another. Francis Bacon

Self-respect is, next to religion, the chiefest bridle of all vices. Francis Bacon

The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky, which is a meeting or knot of a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together; so are there a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate. Francis Bacon

If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of Church and State. Francis Bacon

Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows vain persons than virtuous ones. Francis Bacon

Surely the continual habit of dissimulation is but a weak and sluggish cunning, and not greatly politic. Francis Bacon

The surest way to prevent seditions...is to take away the matter of them. Francis Bacon

When Christ came into the world, peace was sung; and when He went out of the world, peace was bequeathed. Francis Bacon

...those experiments be not only esteemed which have an immediate and present use, but those principally which are of most universal consequence for invention of other experiments, and those which give more light to the invention of causes; for the invention of the mariner's needle, which giveth the direction, is of no less benefit for navigation than the invention of the sails, which give the motion. Francis Bacon

People prefer to believe what they want to be true. Francis Bacon

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. Francis Bacon

Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he makes his wings shorter. Francis Bacon

Despise no new accident in your body, but ask opinion of it.... There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic. A man's observation, what he finds good and of what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution. Francis Bacon

But as young men, when they knit and shape perfectly, do seldom grow to a further stature, so knowledge, while it is in aphorisms and observations, it is in growth: but when it once is comprehended in exact methods, it may perchance, be further polished and illustrate and accommodated for use and practice; but it increaseth no more in bulk and substance. Francis Bacon

Antiquities, or remnants of history, are, as was said, tanquam tabula naufragii: when industrious persons, by an exact and scrupulous diligence and observation, out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books that concern not story, and the like, do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. Francis Bacon

The light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs. Francis Bacon

A lie faces God and shrinks from man. Francis Bacon

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. Francis Bacon

Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts. Francis Bacon

My essays... come home, to men's business, and bosoms. Francis Bacon

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

That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain. Francis Bacon

Praise yourself daringly, something always sticks. Francis Bacon

Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature. Beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything. Francis Bacon

It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. Francis Bacon

So ambitious men, if they find the way open for their rising, and still get forward, they are rather busy than dangerous; but if they be checked in their desires, they become secretly discontent, and look upon men and matters with an evil eye, and are best pleased, when things go backward. Francis Bacon

Nothing is to be feared but fear. Francis Bacon

Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. Francis Bacon

Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not. Francis Bacon

Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me? Francis Bacon

Great Hypocrites are the real atheists. Francis Bacon

A man were better relate himself to a statue or picture than to suffer his thoughts to pass in smother. Francis Bacon

the serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself. Francis Bacon

Truth is a naked and open daylight, that does not show the masques, and mummeries, and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. . . A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure 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

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance. Francis Bacon

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon. 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

Rebellions of the belly are the worst. Francis Bacon

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death. Francis Bacon

The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Francis Bacon

I would by all means have men beware, lest Ęsop's pretty fable of the fly that sate [sic] on the pole of a chariot at the Olympic races and said, 'What a dust do I raise,' be verified in them. For so it is that some small observation, and that disturbed sometimes by the instrument, sometimes by the eye, sometimes by the calculation, and which may be owing to some real change in the heaven, raises new heavens and new spheres and circles. Francis Bacon

The human understanding is moved by those things most which strike and enter the mind simultaneously and suddenly, and so fill the imagination; and then it feigns and supposes all other things to be somehow, though it cannot see how, similar to those few things by which it is surrounded. Francis Bacon

The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good. Francis Bacon

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. Francis Bacon

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

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

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. Francis Bacon

For knowledge, too, is itself power. Francis Bacon

Moreover, the works already known are due to chance and experiment rather than to sciences; for the sciences we now possess are merely systems for the nice ordering and setting forth of things already invented; not methods of invention or directions for new works. Francis Bacon

There is superstition in avoiding superstition. Francis Bacon

But we are not dedicating or building any Capitol or Pyramid to human Pride, but found a holy temple in the human Intellect, on the model of the Universe... For whatever is worthy of Existence is worthy of Knowledge-which is the Image (or Echo) of Existence. Francis Bacon

You want accuracy, but not representation. If you know how to make the figuration, it doesn't work. Anything you can make, you make by accident. In painting, you have to know what you do, not how, when you do it. Francis Bacon

States are great engines moving slowly. Francis Bacon

A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day; but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made. Francis Bacon

Man was formed for society. Francis Bacon



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