Francis Bacon Quotes

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Man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection.
– Francis Bacon

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Man was formed for society.
– Francis Bacon

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Knowledge is power.
– Francis Bacon

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

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

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Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.
– Francis Bacon

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Money is a good servant but a bad master.
– Francis Bacon

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

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Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
– Francis Bacon

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The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.
– Francis Bacon

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

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Silence is the virtue of fools.
– Francis Bacon

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Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
– Francis Bacon

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And he that will not apply New Remedies, must expect New Evils; for Time is the greatest Innovator.
– Francis Bacon

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Histories make men wise.
– Francis Bacon

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Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.
– Francis Bacon

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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
– Francis Bacon

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Science is the labor and handicraft of the mind.
– Francis Bacon

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For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence, and things mean and splendid exist a like.
– Francis Bacon

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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

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

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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New.
– Francis Bacon

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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
– Francis Bacon

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For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
– Francis Bacon

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All colors will agree in the dark.
– Francis Bacon

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The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.
– Francis Bacon

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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
– Francis Bacon

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Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.
– Francis Bacon

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We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
– Francis Bacon

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The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
– Francis Bacon

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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

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He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.
– Francis Bacon

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Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
– Francis Bacon

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Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.
– Francis Bacon

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Knowledge bloweth up, but charity buildeth up.
– Francis Bacon

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For knowledge, too, is itself a power.
– Francis Bacon

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

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

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Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
– Francis Bacon

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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
– Francis Bacon

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