Quotes by Francis Bacon

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon
Opportunity makes a thief.
- Francis Bacon
Friends are thieves of time.
- Francis Bacon
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Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon
It is natural to die as to be born.
- Francis Bacon
Science is but an image of the truth.
- Francis Bacon
The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Francis Bacon
By indignities men come to dignities.
- Francis Bacon
Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
- Francis Bacon
Acorns were good until bread was found.
- Francis Bacon
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It is impossible to love and to be wise.
- Francis Bacon
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
- Francis Bacon
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
- Francis Bacon
The worst men often give the best advice.
- Francis Bacon
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon
He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
- Francis Bacon
The place of justice is a hallowed place.
- Francis Bacon
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- Francis Bacon
God's first creature, which was light.
- Francis Bacon
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
- Francis Bacon
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
- Francis Bacon
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
- Francis Bacon
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
- Francis Bacon
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
- Francis Bacon
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
- Francis Bacon
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
- Francis Bacon
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
- Francis Bacon
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
- Francis Bacon
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
- Francis Bacon
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- Francis Bacon
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
- Francis Bacon
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
- Francis Bacon
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
- Francis Bacon
God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
- Francis Bacon
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
- Francis Bacon
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
- Francis Bacon
Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
- Francis Bacon
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
- Francis Bacon
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
- Francis Bacon
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
- Francis Bacon
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
- Francis Bacon
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
- Francis Bacon
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
- Francis Bacon
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
- Francis Bacon
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
- Francis Bacon
The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
- Francis Bacon
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
- Francis Bacon
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
- Francis Bacon
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
- Francis Bacon
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
- Francis Bacon
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
- Francis Bacon
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
- Francis Bacon
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
- Francis Bacon
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
- Francis Bacon
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
- Francis Bacon
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
- Francis Bacon
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
- Francis Bacon
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
- Francis Bacon
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Francis Bacon
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
- Francis Bacon
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- Francis Bacon
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
- Francis Bacon
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
- Francis Bacon
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon
Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
- Francis Bacon
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
- Francis Bacon
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
- Francis Bacon
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
- Francis Bacon
Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
- Francis Bacon
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
- Francis Bacon
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- Francis Bacon
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
- Francis Bacon
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
- Francis Bacon
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
- Francis Bacon
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
- Francis Bacon
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
- Francis Bacon
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
- Francis Bacon
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
- Francis Bacon
Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
- Francis Bacon
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
- Francis Bacon
Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
- Francis Bacon
The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
- Francis Bacon
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
- Francis Bacon
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
- Francis Bacon
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
- Francis Bacon
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
- Francis Bacon
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
- Francis Bacon
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
- Francis Bacon
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider.
- Francis Bacon
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
- Francis Bacon
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
- Francis Bacon
For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
- Francis Bacon
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
- Francis Bacon
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon
It is a true rule that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque or with an inward and secret contempt.
- Francis Bacon
As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
- Francis Bacon
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
- Francis Bacon
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
- 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