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Quotes By Francis Bacon

Date of Birth: January 22, 1561    Date of Death: April 09, 1626

Francis Bacon was a leading figure in natural philosophy and in the field of scientific methodology. He was a philosopher, scientist, statesman, lawyer, jurist and author. He died of pneumonia which he contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.


Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.  ~ Francis Bacon


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.  ~ Francis Bacon


A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.  ~ Francis Bacon


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


They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.  ~ Francis Bacon


Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.  ~ Francis Bacon


For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come.  ~ Francis Bacon


Time is the author of authors.  ~ Francis Bacon


He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.  ~
Francis Bacon


The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.  ~ Francis Bacon


Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.  ~
Francis Bacon


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.  ~ Francis Bacon


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


Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.  ~ Francis Bacon


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


Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.  ~ Francis Bacon


Silence is the virtue of fools.  ~
Francis Bacon


A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back.  ~ Francis Bacon


The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship.  ~ Francis Bacon


There arises from a bad and inapt formation of words, a wonderful obstruction to the mind.  ~ Francis Bacon


A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.  ~
Francis Bacon


There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.  ~ Francis Bacon


It is impossible to love and be wise.  ~ Francis Bacon


If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world.  ~ Francis Bacon


Parents who wish to train up their children in the way they should go must go in the way in which they would have their children go.  ~ Francis Bacon


To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men.  ~
Francis Bacon


He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.  ~
Francis Bacon


God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.  ~ Francis Bacon


It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.  ~ Francis Bacon


Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.  ~ Francis Bacon


Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest shall be provided or its loss shall not be felt.  ~ Francis Bacon


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


He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.  ~ Francis Bacon


The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.  ~ Francis Bacon


A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.  ~ Francis Bacon


In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.  ~ Francis Bacon


Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.  ~ Francis Bacon


The images of men's wit and knowledge remain in books, exempted the worry of time and capable of renovation.  ~
Francis Bacon


Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.  ~
Francis Bacon


Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.  ~
Francis Bacon


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.  ~
Francis Bacon


By far the best proof is experience.  ~
Francis Bacon


The virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in mortals is the heroical virtue. ~ Francis Bacon


The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.  ~ Francis Bacon


Athiesm is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.  ~ Francis Bacon


To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.  ~ Francis Bacon


Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.  ~ Francis Bacon


The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.  ~ Francis Bacon


Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted ...but to weigh and consider.  ~
Francis Bacon


Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.  ~ Francis Bacon


Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.  ~
Francis Bacon

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