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Francis Bacon
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Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away, and almost all fugitives are of that condition. Francis Bacon

It is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends, without which the world is but a wilderness; and even in this scene also of solitude, whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity. Francis Bacon

Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped, but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh fiery, and thereby malign and venomous. Francis Bacon

Whatever you can, count. Francis Bacon

The human understanding is unquiet; it cannot stop or rest, and still presses onward, but in vain. Therefore it is that we cannot conceive of any end or limit to the world, but always as of necessity it occurs to us that there is something beyond... But he is no less an unskilled and shallow philosopher who seeks causes of that which is most general, than he who in things subordinate and subaltern omits to do so Francis Bacon

Perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures. Francis Bacon

The errors of young men are the ruin of business, but the errors of aged men amount to this, that more might have been done, or sooner. Francis Bacon

Men in great places are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business. Francis Bacon

The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend. Francis Bacon

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

Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom. Francis Bacon

Science is the labor and handicraft of the mind; poetry can only be considered its recreation. Francis Bacon

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint. Francis Bacon

He said it, that knew it best. Francis Bacon

There are some other that account wife and children but as bills of charges. Francis Bacon

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shews he is a citizen of the world. Francis Bacon

Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Francis Bacon

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother. Francis Bacon

Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. Francis Bacon

For there was never proud man thought so absurdly well of himself, as the lover doth of the person loved; and therefore it was well said, That it is impossible to love, and to be wise. Francis Bacon

It hath been an opinion that the French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are; but howsoever it be between nations, certainly it is so between man and man. Francis Bacon

Men's thoughts, are much according to their inclination; their discourse and speeches, according to their learning and infused opinions; but their deeds, are after as they have been accustomed. Francis Bacon

Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands. Francis Bacon

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. Francis Bacon

Judges ought to remember, that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare; to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law. Francis Bacon

Let the mind be enlarged... to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind Francis Bacon

The eye of understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or levels, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances. Francis Bacon

Atheism leads a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation: all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue. Francis Bacon

For fountains, they are a Great Beauty and Refreshment, but Pools mar all, and make the Garden unwholesome, and full of Flies and Frogs. Francis Bacon

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

To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar. Francis Bacon

It would be unsound fancy and self-contradictory to expect that things which have never yet been done can be done except by means which have never yet been tried. Francis Bacon

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other. Francis Bacon

Above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations. Death hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. Francis Bacon

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

It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth . . . and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below. Francis Bacon

Journeys at youth are part of the education; but at maturity, are part of the experience. Francis Bacon

You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom. Francis Bacon

Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest. Francis Bacon

When a doubt is once received, men labour rather how to keep it a doubt still, than how to solve it; and accordingly bend their wits. Francis Bacon

Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell. Francis Bacon

Certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and if he be not kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. Francis Bacon

A young man not yet, an elder man not at all. Francis Bacon

And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed. Francis Bacon

We must see whether the same clock with weights will go faster at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of a mine; it is probable, if the pull of the weights decreases on the mountain and increases in the mine, that the earth has real attraction. Francis Bacon

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

The wisdom of the ancients. Francis Bacon

One of the fathers saith . . . that old men go to death, and death comes to young men. Francis Bacon

If I sit and daydream, the images rush by like a succession of colored slides. Francis Bacon

Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief. Francis Bacon

If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much. 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. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Francis Bacon

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true. Francis Bacon

God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation. Francis Bacon

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing. Francis Bacon

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel. Francis Bacon

For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble. Francis Bacon

Doctor Johnson said, that in sickness there were three things that were material; the physician, the disease, and the patient: and if any two of these joined, then they get the victory; for, Ne Hercules quidem contra duos [Not even Hercules himself is a match for two]. If the physician and the patient join, then down goes the disease; for then the patient recovers: if the physician and the disease join, that is a strong disease; and the physician mistaking the cure, then down goes the patient: if the patient and the disease join, then down goes the physician; for he is discredited. Francis Bacon

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out. Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon

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

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. Francis Bacon

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men. Francis Bacon

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors. Francis Bacon

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears. Francis Bacon

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. Francis Bacon

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time. Francis Bacon

The place of justice is a hallowed place. Francis Bacon

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