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British lawyer, statesman, philosopher, and author (1561-1626)

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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.

FRANCIS BACON, Advancement of Learning

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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, Advancement of Learning

God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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

FRANCIS BACON, Apothegms

Silence is the virtue of fools.

FRANCIS BACON, De Augmentis Scientiarum

Knowledge is power.

FRANCIS BACON, Meditationes Sacrae

All colours will agree in the dark.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection.

FRANCIS BACON, Advancement of Learning

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Goodness and Goodness in Nature," Essays

He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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, Essays

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.

FRANCIS BACON, De Augmentis Scientiarum

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Riches are for spending.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.

FRANCIS BACON, Advancement of Learning

Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted.

FRANCIS BACON, The Advancement of Learning

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Cunning," Essays

It would be an unsound fancy and self-contradictory to expect that things which have never yet been done can be done except by means which have never yet been tried.

FRANCIS BACON, Novum Organum

If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.

FRANCIS BACON, speech in Overbury murder case, Nov. 1615

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