Francis Bacon Quotes & Wallpapers

Francis Bacon
Total Quotes: 1068

Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment. 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

Logic differeth from rhetoric as the fist from the palm; the one close, the other at large. Francis Bacon

An angry man who suppresses his passions thinks worse than he speaks; and an angry man that will chide speaks worse than he thinks. Francis Bacon

Great effects come of industry and perseverance: for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds. Francis Bacon

Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible enjoy generally a greater share of dignity than of happiness. Francis Bacon

The surest way to prevent seditious (if the times do bear it) is to take away the matter of them; for if there be fuel prepared it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire. Francis Bacon

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

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

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

There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginning and outsets of things. Francis Bacon

Business is bought at a dear hand where there is small despatch. Francis Bacon

I knew a wise man who had it for a by-word when he saw men hasten to a conclusion: Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner. Francis Bacon

The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays. Francis Bacon

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair. Francis Bacon

Three means to fortify belief are experience, reason, and authority. Of these the more potent is authority; for belief upon reason or experience will stagger. Francis Bacon

Let him be sure to leave men their turn to speak. Francis Bacon

All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness. Francis Bacon

He that dies in an earnest pursuit is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed and bent upon somewhat that is good doth avert the dolors of death; but above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is, Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace. Francis Bacon

A man's own observation, what he find good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health. Francis Bacon

Superstition, without a veil, is a deformed thing; for, as it addeth deformity to an ape to be so like a man, so the similitude of superstition to religion makes it the more deformed; and as wholesome meat corrupteth to little worms, so good forms and orders corrupt into a number of petty observances. Francis Bacon

If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner. Francis Bacon

Discourse ought to be as a field, without coming home to any man. Francis Bacon

Suspicions among thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly to twilight; they are to be repressed, or, at least, well guarded, for they cloud the mind. Francis Bacon

There never was found, in any age of the world, either religion or law that did so highly exalt the public good as the Bible. Francis Bacon

Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed. Francis Bacon

One of the Seven [wise men of Greece] was wont to say: That laws were like cobwebs, where the small flies are caught and the great break through. Francis Bacon

It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment Francis Bacon

Nothing is terrible except fear itself. Francis Bacon

In regard of our deliverance past, and our danger present and to come, let us look up to God, and every man reform his own ways. Francis Bacon

There be three things which make a nation great and prosperous: a fertile soil, busy workshops, easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place. Francis Bacon

When he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter. Francis Bacon

So 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

A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other. Francis Bacon

Patience and gravity of hearing is an essential part of justice; and an overspeaking judge is no well-tuned cymbal. Francis Bacon

He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question when a man should marry? 'A young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter; they increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death. Francis Bacon

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

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

A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation. Francis Bacon

There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him Was your mother never at Rome? He answered No Sir; but my father was. Francis Bacon

Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry. Francis Bacon

There be that can pack the cards, and yet cannot play well. Francis Bacon

Severity breedeth fear, but roughness breedeth hate. Even reproofs from authority ought to be grave and not taunting. Francis Bacon

Nothing destroyeth authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power pressed too far, and relaxed too much. Francis Bacon

God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. Francis Bacon

As in nature things move violently to their place and calmly in their place, so virtue in ambition is violent, in authority settled and calm. Francis Bacon

Beauty is like summer fruits which are easy to corrupt and cannot last. Francis Bacon

Books are the ships which pass through the vast sea of time. Francis Bacon

Champagne for my sham friends; real pain for my real friends. Francis Bacon

The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding. Francis Bacon

Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him... when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, 'If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill. Francis Bacon

The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. Francis Bacon

That other principle of Lysander, 'That children are to be deceived with comfits, and men with oaths'. Francis Bacon

For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced. Francis Bacon

Fortunes... come tumbling into some men's laps. Francis Bacon

I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defense. I beseech your Lordships to be merciful to a broken reed. Francis Bacon

It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed. Francis Bacon

Cosmus, Duke of Florence, was wont to say of perfidious friends, that We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Francis Bacon

Cato said the best way to keep good acts in memory was to refresh them with new. Francis Bacon

For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt. Francis Bacon

Boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not dangers and inconveniences. Francis Bacon

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

In charity there is no excess. Francis Bacon

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread. Francis Bacon

Be true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. Francis Bacon

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

Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon

[Science is] the labor and handicraft of the mind. Francis Bacon

All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light. Francis Bacon

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