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Francis Bacon
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Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. 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

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. Francis Bacon

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

Silence is the virtue of fools. Francis Bacon

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible. 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

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. Francis Bacon

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

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. Francis Bacon

They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils. Francis Bacon

Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity. Francis Bacon

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

It is madness and a contradiction to expect that things which were never yet performed should be effected, except by means hitherto untried. Francis Bacon

Money is a great servant but a bad master. Francis Bacon

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 a man's self, and there is no such remedy against flattery of a man's self as the liberty of a friend. Francis Bacon

The Syllogism consists of propositions, propositions consist of words, words are symbols of notions. Therefore if the notions themselves (which is the root of the matter) are confused and over-hastily abstracted from the facts, there can be no firmness in the superstructure. Our only hope therefore lies in a true induction. Francis Bacon

Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy. Francis Bacon

Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life. Francis Bacon

The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth. Francis Bacon

States, as great engines, move slowly. Francis Bacon

The true bounds and limitations, whereby human knowledge is confined and circumscribed,... are three: the first, that we do not so place our felicity in knowledge, as we forget our mortality: the second, that we make application of our knowledge, to give ourselves repose and contentment, and not distates or repining: the third, that we do not presume by the contemplation of Nature to attain to the mysteries of God. Francis Bacon

He that cometh to seek after knowledge, with a mind to scorn, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but no matter for his instruction. Francis Bacon

You can't be more horrific than life itself, Francis Bacon

Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later. Francis Bacon

He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers [zeros], is the decay of the whole age. Francis Bacon

Anger is certainly a kind of baseness; as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns; children, women, old folks, sick folks. Only men must beware, that they carry their anger rather with scorn, than with fear; so that they may seem rather to be above the injury, than below it; which is a thing easily done, if a man will give law to himself in it. Francis Bacon

I know not how, but martial men are given to love. I think it is but as they are given to wine; for perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures. Francis Bacon

It hath been well said that the arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self. Francis Bacon

He that cometh to seek after knowledge with a mind to scorn and censure shall be sure to find matter for his humor, but none for his instruction. Francis Bacon

The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs. Francis Bacon

Do not overwork the mind any more than the body; do everything with moderation. Francis Bacon

He that travels into a country before he has some entrance into the language, goeth to school and not to travel. Francis Bacon

Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; 't is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort. Francis Bacon

Men believe that their reason governs their words; but it often happens the words have power to react on reason. Francis Bacon

The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools, and arguments are fitted to practice in a reversed order. Francis Bacon

God grant that we may contend with other churches as the vine with the olive which of us shall bear the best fruit; but not as the brier with the thistle, which of us shall be most unprofitable. Francis Bacon

Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Francis Bacon

When any of the four pillars of government are mainly shaken or weakened - which are religion, justice, counsel and treasure - men need to pray for fair weather. Francis Bacon

Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow, the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though drawn by a child. Francis Bacon

Aphorisms, representing a knowledge broken, do invite men to inquire further; whereas methods carrying the show of a total do secure men, as if they were at furthest. Francis Bacon

Knowledge is not a shop for profit or sale, but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of men's estate. Francis Bacon

Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug. Francis Bacon

Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface. Francis Bacon

A good name is like precious ointment; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. Francis Bacon

Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion. Francis Bacon

If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted Francis Bacon

Again there is another great and powerful cause why the sciences have made but little progress; which is this. It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed. Francis Bacon

Dreams, and predictions of astrology.... ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside. Francis Bacon

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

I have taken all knowledge to be my province. Francis Bacon

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

Nor do apophthegms only serve for ornament and delight, but also for action and civil use, as being the edge-tools of speech which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs: for occasions have their revolutions, and what has once been advantageously used may be so again, either as an old thing or a new one. Francis Bacon

Above all things, good policy is to be used that the treasure and moneys in a state be not gathered into few hands. For otherwise a state may have a great stock, and yet starve. And money is like muck, not good except it be spread. Francis Bacon

Since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let men by all means endeavor to obtain good customs. Francis Bacon

The folly of one man is the fortune of another. Francis Bacon

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

The art of invention grows young with the things invented. Francis Bacon

I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils. Francis Bacon

A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Francis Bacon

The surest way to prevent seditions (if the times do bear it) is to take away the matter of them. Francis Bacon

Set it down to thyself, as well to create good precedents as to follow them. Francis Bacon

If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill. Francis Bacon

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

Mysteries are due to secrecy. Francis Bacon

If money be not they 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

[Knowledge is] a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of man's estate. Francis Bacon

Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen. Francis Bacon

The best armor is to keep out of gunshot. Francis Bacon

Time, which is the author of authors. Francis Bacon



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