Sir Francis Bacon

English author, courtier, & philosopher (1561 - 1626)

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A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
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.
Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
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.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain that the virtuous.
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.
The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.
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.
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.

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