Quotations by Francis Bacon

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Born: Saturday, January 21, 1561
Died: Thursday, April 9, 1626 (65 years old)
Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: English


A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Life)

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Religion, Men, Atheism, Man, Mind, Philosophy)

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Opportunity, Man)

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Man, Revenge, Wounds)

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Wisdom, Question)

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Man, Open, Question)

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Man, Will)

Acorns were good until bread was found.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Age, Trust, Friends, Old, Wine, Wood)

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Anger, Men, Poor, Witty)

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: History, Time, Shipwreck)

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Time, First, Living)

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Beauty, Infinite)

But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Life, Men, God, Angels, Man, Theatre)

By indignities men come to dignities.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men)

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Merit, Public)

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Children)

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Life, Habit, Will)

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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Discretion, Eloquence, Order, Speech, Words)

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Fame, Light)

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Art, Fashion, Living)

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Memory, Name, Nations)

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Thought, Reason, Will)

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Fortune, Will)

Friends are thieves of time.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Time, Friends)

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Friendship)

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: God, First, Garden)

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: God)

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: God, Exercise, Grave, Intellect, Limits)

God's first creature, which was light.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: God, First, Light)

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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Fame, Fire, May, Will)

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
(Keywords: Advice, Example)

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Knowledge, Words)

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Wife, Virtue, Children, Fortune)

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Time, Remedies, Will)

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Hope)

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Houses)

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Death, Man)

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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Mind)

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Age, Man, Old, Will, Years)

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Man, Strangers, World)

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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Content, End, Man, Will)

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Man, Mathematics, Study, Wit)

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Justice, Will)

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
(Keywords: Humor, Imagination, Man, Sense)

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Darkness, Light, Order, Present)

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Enemy, Man, Revenge)

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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Power, Desire, Liberty, Man, Self)

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



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