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    Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

    English author, courtier, & philosopher

    Quotes by Sir Francis Bacon

    • A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
    • Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
    • I have taken all knowledge to be 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.
    • In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
    • Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
    • Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.
    • Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
    • Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
    • Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
    • Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
    • 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 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 worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
    • They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
    • There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
      "Of Beauty"
    • 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.
      "Of Death"
    • Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
      Essays: Of Building, 1623
    • Knowledge is power. (Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est)
      Meditationes Sacræ. De Hæresibus. (1597)
    • In charity there is no excess.
      Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature (1625)
    • Knowledge is power.
      Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
    • Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
      The Advancement of Learning, 1605
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