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Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

About Sir Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon

Life: 1561 - 1626

Country: gb flag England

Profession: Philosopher; Writer;

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 - 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, and essayist. He is also known as a proponent of the scientific revolution. Indeed, according to John Aubrey, his dedication may have brought him into a rare historical group of scientists who were killed by their own experiments.

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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.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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 a flatterer.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Boldness is a child of ignorance.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

The place of justice is a hallowed place.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Custom is the principle magistrate of man's life.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire, and many things to fear.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

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

~ Sir Francis Bacon

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Acorns were good until bread was found.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

The light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

It is a strange desire, to seek power and lose liberty, or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self. The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains, and it is sometimes base; and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

- Essay ' Of Great Place

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