Francis Bacon Quotes

- Notable Francis Bacon Quotes Index -

Born: January 22, 1561,
Birth Country:
Died: , April 9, 1626
Occupation: Author

1.
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
- Francis Bacon

2.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
- Francis Bacon

3.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
- Francis Bacon

4.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

5.
Acorns were good until bread was found.
- Francis Bacon

6.
Age appears to be best in four things old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
- Francis Bacon

7.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

8.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon

9.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
- Francis Bacon

10.
But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
- Francis Bacon

11.
By indignities men come to dignities.
- Francis Bacon

12.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
- Francis Bacon

13.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

14.
Friends are thieves of time.
- Francis Bacon

15.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
- Francis Bacon

16.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
- Francis Bacon

17.
God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
- Francis Bacon

18.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
- Francis Bacon

19.
God's first creature, which was light.
- Francis Bacon

20.
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

21.
He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
- Francis Bacon

22.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon

23.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
- Francis Bacon

24.
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon

25.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
- Francis Bacon

26.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon

27.
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

28.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
- Francis Bacon

29.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
- Francis Bacon

30.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
- Francis Bacon

31.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
- Francis Bacon

32.
Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

33.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
- Francis Bacon

34.
Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
- Francis Bacon

35.
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

36.
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
- Francis Bacon

37.
Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
- Francis Bacon

38.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
- Francis Bacon

39.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
- Francis Bacon

40.
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
- Francis Bacon

41.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
- Francis Bacon

42.
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
- Francis Bacon

43.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
- Francis Bacon

44.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
- Francis Bacon

45.
Science is but an image of the truth.
- Francis Bacon

46.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

47.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
- Francis Bacon

48.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
- Francis Bacon

49.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
- Francis Bacon

50.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
- Francis Bacon

51.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
- Francis Bacon

52.
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
- Francis Bacon

53.
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
- Francis Bacon

54.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
- Francis Bacon

55.
The worst men often give the best advice.
- Francis Bacon

56.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
- Francis Bacon

57.
There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
- Francis Bacon

58.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Francis Bacon

59.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
- Francis Bacon

60.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
- Francis Bacon

61.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education in the elder, a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon

62.
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
- Francis Bacon

63.
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

64.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
- Francis Bacon

65.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
- Francis Bacon

66.
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
- Francis Bacon

67.
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
- Francis Bacon

68.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate and would not stay for an answer.
- Francis Bacon

69.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
- Francis Bacon

70.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
- Francis Bacon

71.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
- Francis Bacon

72.
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
- Francis Bacon

73.
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
- Francis Bacon

74.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge fitter for execution than for counsel and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
- Francis Bacon

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