Francis Bacon, born 1561, was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England.
He is also known as the father of empiricism, and was an influential figure in the scientific revolution.
Below is a collection of his best quotes. Enjoy.
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Knowledge is power.
Money is a great servant but a bad master.
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.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
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.
Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest shall be provided or its loss shall not be felt.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
It is impossible to love and be wise.
Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Wonder is the seed of knowledge.
A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted but to weigh and consider.
By far the best proof is experience.
It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
Revenge is a king of wild justice.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humour to console him for what he is.
A false friend is more dangerous than an open enemy.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.
For friends do but look upon good books, they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
The general root of superstition: namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it.
I will never be an old man. To me old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion.
The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.
The worst solitude is to be destitute of true friendship.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
People of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
Money is like manure, its only good if you spread it around.
Parents who wish to train their children in the way they should go, must go in the way in which they would have their children go.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
The remedy is worse than the disease.
The virtue of prosperity is temperance, the virtue of adversity is fortitude.
Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come.
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.
Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.
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.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.