Francis Bacon Quotes & Wallpapers

Francis Bacon
Total Quotes: 1068

There are four classes of Idols which beset men's minds. To these for distinction's sake I have assigned names - calling the first class, Idols of the Tribe ; the second, Idols of the Cave; the third, Idols of the Market-Place; the fourth, Idols of the Theater. Francis Bacon

But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this - that men despair and think things impossible. Francis Bacon

Virtue is like precious odors - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. Francis Bacon

The joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears. They cannot utter the one; nor they will not utter the other. Francis Bacon

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. Francis Bacon

The winning of honor, is but the revealing of a man's virtue and worth, without disadvantage. Francis Bacon

To seek to extinguish anger utterly, is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time. Francis Bacon

The world's a bubble, and the life of man Less than a span. Francis Bacon

Reading maketh a full man. Francis Bacon

A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green. Francis Bacon

A just fear of an imminent danger, though be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war. Francis Bacon

Painting gave meaning to my life which without it would not have had Francis Bacon

Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical. Francis Bacon

Praise is the reflection of virtue. Francis Bacon

Since my logic aims to teach and instruct the understanding, not that it may with the slender tendrils of the mind snatch at and lay hold of abstract notions (as the common logic does), but that it may in very truth dissect nature, and discover the virtues and actions of bodies, with their laws as determined in matter; so that this science flows not merely from the nature of the mind, but also from the nature of things. Francis Bacon

Judges ought above all to remember the conclusion of the Roman Twelve Tables :The supreme law of all is the weal [weatlh/ well-being] of the people. Francis Bacon

There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth. 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

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

Out of monuments, names, words proverbs ...and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. Francis Bacon

Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion. Francis Bacon

Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind. Francis Bacon

Boldness is a child of ignorance Francis Bacon

Painting today is pure intuition and luck and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down. Francis Bacon

All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve. Francis Bacon

I think I tend to destroy the better paintings, or those that have been better to a certain extent. I try and take them further, and they lose all their qualities, and they lose everything. I think I would say that I destroy all the better paintings. Francis Bacon

The first question concerning the Celestial Bodies is whether there be a system, that is whether the world or universe compose together one globe, with a center, or whether the particular globes of earth and stars be scattered dispersedly, each on its own roots, without any system or common center. Francis Bacon

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. Francis Bacon

Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. Francis Bacon

Nature is commanded by obeying her. Francis Bacon

All colors will agree in the dark. Francis Bacon

He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?. Francis Bacon

Believing that I was born for the service of mankind, and regarding the care of the commonwealth as a kind of common property which, like the air and the water, belongs to everybody, I set myself to consider in what way mankind might be best served, and what service I was myself best fitted by nature to perform. 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

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

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

Opportunity makes a thief. Francis Bacon

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. Francis Bacon

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

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. Francis Bacon

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

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience. Francis Bacon

If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old; to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant; to attain, in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory; we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks. Francis Bacon

I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, then that this universall Frame, is without a Minde. And therefore, God never wrought Miracle, to convince Atheisme, because his Ordinary Works Convince it. It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Mans Minde to Atheisme; But depth in Philosophy, bringeth Mens Mindes about to Religion. Francis Bacon

They are the best physicians, who being great in learning most incline to the traditions of experience, or being distinguished in practice do not reflect the methods and generalities of art. Francis Bacon

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

For first of all we must prepare a Natural and Experimental History, sufficient and good; and this is the foundation of all; for we are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do. Francis Bacon

It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise! Francis Bacon

Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. Francis Bacon

We see then how far the monuments of wit and learning are more durable than the monuments of power, or of the hands. For have not the verses of Homer continued twenty-five hundred years or more, without the loss of a syllable or letter; during which time infinite palaces, temples, castles, cities have been decayed and demolished? Francis Bacon

The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green. Francis Bacon

Disciples do owe their masters only a temporary belief, and a suspension of their own judgment till they be fully instructed ... Francis Bacon

There is no such flatterer as is a man's self. Francis Bacon

Upon a given body to generate and superinduce a new nature or new natures is the work and aim of human power. To discover the Form of a given nature, or its true difference, or its causal nature, or fount of its emanation... this is the work and aim of human knowledge. Francis Bacon

In Philosophy, the contemplations of man do either penetrate unto God, or are circumferred to Nature, or are reflected and reverted upon himself. Out of which several inquiries there do arise three knowledges, Divine Philosophy, Natural Philosophy, and Human Philosophy or Humanity. For all things are marked and stamped with this triple character of the power of God, the difference of Nature and the use of Man. Francis Bacon

But this is that which will dignify and exalt knowledge: if contemplation and action be more nearly and straitly conjoined and united together than they have been: a conjunction like unto that of the highest planets, Saturn, the planet of rest and contemplation, and Jupiter, the planet of civil society and action. Francis Bacon

By this means we presume we have established for ever, a true and legitimate marriage between the Empirical and Rational faculty; whose fastidious and unfortunate divorce and separation hath troubled and disordered the whole race and generation of mankind. Francis Bacon

I work for posterity, these things requiring ages for their accomplishment. Francis Bacon

God loveth the clean. Francis Bacon

There is a cunning which we in England call the rning of the cat in the pan. Francis Bacon

Fortune makes him fool, whom she makes her darling. Francis Bacon

I would live to study, not study to live. Francis Bacon

Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes. Francis Bacon

If you want to convey fact, this can only ever be done through a form of distortion. You must distort to transform what is called appearance into image. Francis Bacon

Velazquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator. Francis Bacon

If my people look as if they're in a dreadful fix, it's because I can't get them out of a technical dilemma. Francis Bacon

One always starts work with the subject, no matter how tenuous it is, and one constructs an artificial structure by which one can trap the reality of the subject-matter that one has started from. Francis Bacon

I should have been, I don't know, a con-man, a robber or a prostitute. But it was vanity that made me choose painting, vanity and chance. Francis Bacon

Truth ... is the sovereign good of human nature. Francis Bacon

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