Francis Bacon

English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)

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Nothing is to be feared but fear.Rate it:
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.Rate it:
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.Rate it:
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.Rate it:
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.Rate it:
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy but in passing it over, he is superior.Rate it:
No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.Rate it:
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.Rate it:
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.Rate it:
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.Rate it:
It is impossible to love and to be wise.Rate it:
It is as natural to die as to be born and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.Rate it:
Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.Rate it:
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.Rate it:
Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.Rate it:
A good life is a series of joyful meetings and joyful moments.Rate it:
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man's minds about to religion.Rate it:
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.Rate it:
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.Rate it:
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.Rate it:
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.Rate it:
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.Rate it:
By far the best proof is experience.Rate it:
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.Rate it:
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.Rate it:
Cure the disease and kill the patient.Rate it:
Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.Rate it:
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.Rate it:
Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.Rate it:
For those who intend to discover and to understand, not to indulge in conjectures and soothsaying, and rather than contrive imitation and fabulous worlds plan to look deep into the nature of the real world and to dissect it -- for them everything must be sought in things themselves.Rate it:
Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.Rate it:
He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.Rate it:
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.Rate it:
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.Rate it:
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.Rate it:
Houses are built to live in, not to look on therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.Rate it:
I have taken all knowledge to by my province.Rate it:
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.Rate it:
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.Rate it:
If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant to attain , in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks.Rate it:
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.Rate it:
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts but if we begin with doubts, and we are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.Rate it:
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.Rate it:
Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.Rate it:
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.Rate it:
In charity there is no excess.Rate it:
It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.Rate it:
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other.Rate it:
Knowledge is power.Rate it:
Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.Rate it:
Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.Rate it:
Men in Great Place are thrice Servants Servants of the Sovereign or State Servants of Fame and Servants of Business It is strange desire to seek Power and to lose Liberty.Rate it:
Natural abilities are like natural plants they need pruning by study.Rate it:
Nature is commanded by obeying her.Rate it:
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.Rate it:
Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that.Rate it:
No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.Rate it:
Nothing is more damaging to a state than that cunning men pass for wise.Rate it:
Science is but an image of the truth.Rate it:
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.Rate it:
Silence is the virtue of fools.Rate it:
Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.Rate it:
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.Rate it:
The world's a bubble and the life of man Less than a span.Rate it:
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.Rate it:
There are times of pure joy when you wish all human life well.Rate it:
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.Rate it:
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.Rate it:
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.Rate it:
Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.Rate it:
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.Rate it:
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.Rate it:
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.Rate it:

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