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.
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
It is as natural to die as to be born and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.
A good life is a series of joyful meetings and joyful moments.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man's minds about to religion.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
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.
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
By far the best proof is experience.
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.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
Cure the disease and kill the patient.
Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
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.
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.
Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
Houses are built to live in, not to look on therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
I have taken all knowledge to by my province.
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.
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
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.
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.
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.
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
In charity there is no excess.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy but in passing it over, he is superior.
It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other.
Knowledge is power.
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.
Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.
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.
Natural abilities are like natural plants they need pruning by study.
Nature is commanded by obeying her.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that.
No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.
Nothing is more damaging to a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
Science is but an image of the truth.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
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.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
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.
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
The world's a bubble and the life of man Less than a span.
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
There are times of pure joy when you wish all human life well.
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.
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

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