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There was never miracle wrought by God to convert an atheist, because the light of nature might have led him to confess a God.
—  Francis Bacon
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator.
—  Francis Bacon
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
—  Francis Bacon
There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.
—  Francis Bacon
There are three parts in truth: first, the inquiry, which is the wooing of it; secondly, the knowledge of it, which is the presence of it; and thirdly, the belief, which is the enjoyment of it.
—  Francis Bacon
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
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
—  Francis Bacon
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
—  Francis Bacon
A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
—  Francis Bacon
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others.
—  Francis Bacon
Beauty is like summer fruits which are easy to corrupt and cannot last.
—  Francis Bacon
The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
—  Francis Bacon
Houses are built to live in and not to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
—  Francis Bacon
Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.
—  Francis Bacon
Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
—  Francis Bacon
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
—  Francis Bacon
And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.
—  Francis Bacon
It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely.
—  Francis Bacon
The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth.
—  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
Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
—  Francis Bacon
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
—  Francis Bacon
Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
—  Francis Bacon
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
—  Francis Bacon
When a judge departs from the letter of the law he becomes a lawbreaker.
—  Francis Bacon
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
—  Francis Bacon
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
—  Francis Bacon
God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
—  Francis Bacon
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
—  Francis Bacon
It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth ... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
—  Francis Bacon
Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
—  Francis Bacon
God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks.
—  Francis Bacon
Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom.
—  Francis Bacon
Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
—  Francis Bacon
For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes.
—  Francis Bacon
Those herbs which perfume the air most delightfully, not passed by as the rest, but, being trodden upon and crushed, are three; that is, burnet, wild thyme and watermints. Therefore, you are to set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread.
—  Francis Bacon
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
—  Francis Bacon
Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man.
—  Francis Bacon
Nor is mine a trumpet which summons and excites men to cut each other to pieces with mutual contradictions, or to quarrel and fight with one another; but rather to make peace between themselves, and turning with united forces against the Nature of Things.
—  Francis Bacon
Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold?
—  Francis Bacon
If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.
—  Francis Bacon
For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
—  Francis Bacon
A man ought warily to begin charges which once begun will continue.
—  Francis Bacon
Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
—  Francis Bacon
The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer.
—  Francis Bacon
That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet.
—  Francis Bacon
Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me?
—  Francis Bacon
The art of invention grows young with the things invented.
—  Francis Bacon
One of the fathers saith ... that old men go to death, and death comes to young men.
—  Francis Bacon
But men must know, that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
—  Francis Bacon
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
—  Francis Bacon
The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath laboured more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
—  Francis Bacon
Every rod or staff of empire is truly crooked at the top.
—  Francis Bacon
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
—  Francis Bacon
The eye of understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or levels, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.
—  Francis Bacon
Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.
—  Francis Bacon
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.
—  Francis Bacon
Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.
—  Francis Bacon
It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
—  Francis Bacon
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
—  Francis Bacon
Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good Fortune deceived not
—  Francis Bacon
I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils.
—  Francis Bacon
Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind ... turn upon the poles of truth.
—  Francis Bacon
The inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or the wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.
—  Francis Bacon
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome seldom extinguished.
—  Francis Bacon
As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
—  Francis Bacon
The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.
—  Francis Bacon
No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.
—  Francis Bacon
Knowledge is a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man's estate.
—  Francis Bacon
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
—  Francis Bacon
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
—  Francis Bacon
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
—  Francis Bacon
Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
—  Francis Bacon
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
—  Francis Bacon
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
—  Francis Bacon
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak, but it mates and masters the fear of death ... Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it.
—  Francis Bacon
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
—  Francis Bacon
To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.
—  Francis Bacon
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
—  Francis Bacon
The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
—  Francis Bacon
Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.
—  Francis Bacon
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
—  Francis Bacon
They that deny a God destroy man's nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.
—  Francis Bacon
Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.
—  Francis Bacon
The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man.
—  Francis Bacon
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
—  Francis Bacon
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.
—  Francis Bacon
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
—  Francis Bacon
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
—  Francis Bacon
It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.
—  Francis Bacon
A dance is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech.
—  Francis Bacon

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