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Name: Francis Bacon Find on Amazon India: Link
Nationality: EnglishFind on Amazon: Link
Profession: Philosopher
Born: 21-Jan-1561 
Death: 09-Apr-1626

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.

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

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can’t fool the neighbors.

Opportunity makes a thief.

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.

Rebellions of the belly are the worst.

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.

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.

Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge and human power are synonymous.

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.

Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.

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

Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

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

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.

When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

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

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.

It is natural to die as to be born.

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

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.

Science is but an image of the truth.

Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.

For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.

By indignities men come to dignities.

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Acorns were good until bread was found.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.

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

But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.

I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.

I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.

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.

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

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

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

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.

Friends are thieves of time.

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

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

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.

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.

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.

God’s first creature, which was light.

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

The remedy is worse than the disease.

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.

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

The worst men often give the best advice.

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

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

There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.

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

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

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

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

They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.

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

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.

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

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.

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.

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.

The place of justice is a hallowed place.

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