Francis Bacon Quotes & Wallpapers

Francis Bacon
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I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime. Francis Bacon

Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high. Francis Bacon

The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship. Francis Bacon

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. Francis Bacon

It is impossible to love and to be wise. Francis Bacon

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. Francis Bacon

The Idols of Tribe have their foundation in human nature itself, and in the tribe or race of men. For it is a false assertion that the sense of man is the measure of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And 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

Wonder is the seed of knowledge Francis Bacon

A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time. Francis Bacon

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. Francis Bacon

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon

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

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom. Francis Bacon

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. Francis Bacon

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. Francis Bacon

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Francis Bacon

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. Francis Bacon

Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. Francis Bacon

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Francis Bacon

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter. Francis Bacon

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little. Francis Bacon

Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use. Francis Bacon

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity. Francis Bacon

It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about. Francis Bacon

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied. Francis Bacon

He that hath knowledge spareth his words. Francis Bacon

The remedy is worse than the disease. Francis Bacon

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible. Francis Bacon

God Almighty first planted a Garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks. And a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely, as if gardening were the greater perfection. Francis Bacon

The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this-that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps. Francis Bacon

The divisions of science are not like different lines that meet in one angle, but rather like the branches of trees that join in one trunk. Francis Bacon

Medicine is a science which hath been (as we have said) more professed than laboured, and yet more laboured than advanced: the labour having been, in my judgment, rather in circle than in progression. For I find much iteration, but small addition. It considereth causes of diseases, with the occasions or impulsions; the diseases themselves, with the accidents; and the cures, with the preservation. Francis Bacon

There arises from a bad and unapt formation of words a wonderful obstruction to the mind. Francis Bacon

Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone." 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. Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public. He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question, when a man should marryA young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon

It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much to fortune, favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly, the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands Francis Bacon

I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance. Francis Bacon

Custom is the principle magistrate of man's life. 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

I don't think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck. Francis Bacon

I want to make portraits and images. I don't know how. Out of despair, I just use paint anyway. Suddenly the things you make coagulate and take on just the shape you intend. Totally accurate marks, which are outside representational marks. Francis Bacon

The mystery lies in the irrationality by which you make appearance - if it is not irrational, you make illustration. Francis Bacon

Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the nervous system in a more violent way. Francis Bacon

A cat will never drown if she sees the shore. Francis Bacon

Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end, without consideration of the means and degrees; pursue some few principles, which they have chanced upon absurdly; care not to innovate, which draws unknown inconveniences; use extreme remedies at first; and, that which doubleth all errors, will not acknowledge or retract them; like an unready horse, that will neither stop nor turn. Francis Bacon

The bee enclosed and through the amber shown Seems buried in the juice which was his own. Francis Bacon

There is the supreme and indissoluble consanguinity between men, of which the heathen poet saith, we are all His generation. Francis Bacon

Contempt putteth an edge upon anger more than the hurt itself. Francis Bacon

The vine produces more grapes when it is young, but better grapes for wine when it is old, because its juices are more perfectly concocted. Francis Bacon

But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far its extendeth. 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

Many have made witty invectives against usury. They say that it is a pity the devil should have God's part, which is the tithe; that the usurer is the greatest Sabbath-breaker, because his plough goeth every Sunday. Francis Bacon

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush. Francis Bacon

Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both. Francis Bacon

I will say positively and resolutely that is it impossible an elective monarchy should be so free and absolute as an hereditary. Francis Bacon

Dissimulation is but a faint kind of policy or wisdom; for it asketh a strong wit and a strong heart to know when to tell truth, and to do it; therefore, it is the weaker sort of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers. Francis Bacon

There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power. Francis Bacon

Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust. Francis Bacon

Certainly the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto Nature, is weak. Francis Bacon

Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections, - as merry tunes, doleful tunes, solemn tunes, tunes inclining men's minds to pity, warlike tunes, - so that it is no marvel if they alter the spirits, considering that tunes have a predisposition to the motion of the spirits. Francis Bacon

A liar is a bravo towards God and a coward towards men. Francis Bacon

For it is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast. Francis Bacon

To speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance, the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in morals is the more heroic virtue. Francis Bacon

The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion, and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance. Francis Bacon

We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom; and certainly there is a great difference between a cunning man and a wise man, not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability. Francis Bacon

It will be found a work of no small difficulty to dispossess a vice from the heart, where long possession begins to plead prescription. Francis Bacon

Our humanity were a poor thing were it not for the divinity which stirs within us. Francis Bacon

Sir Amyas Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say, Stay awhile, that we may make an end the sooner. Francis Bacon



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