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192 Famous Quotes by Francis Bacon
1/22/1561 - 4/9/1626
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Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

Adversity Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Adversity

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Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.

Learning Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays Civil and Moral--Of Vicissitude of Things

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It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.

Death Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Death

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Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

Age Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essay XLII--Of Youth and Age

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Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again, and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, "If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill."

Faith Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Boldness

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Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested.

Books Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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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.

Certainty Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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I hold every man a debtor to his profession.

Profession Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.

Libraries Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Libraries

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For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.

Cleanliness Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Advancement of Learning

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Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Fortune Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Fortune

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A man's own observation, what he find good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health.

Medicine Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Regimen of Health

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The remedy is worse than the disease.

Disease Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Seditions

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Acorns were good till bread was found.

Eating Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Colours of Good and Evil (6), quoted from Juvenal's "Satires" (XIV, 181)

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The wisdom of our ancestors.

Wisdom Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: (according to Lord Brougham), also attributed to Edmund Burke "Observations on a Late Publication on

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Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

Study Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Studies

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In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

Revenge Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. 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.

Loneliness Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

Occupations Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Maxims of the Law (preface)

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Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

Revenge Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Revenge

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A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Revenge Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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

Courtesy Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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

Despair Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.

Knowledge Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Advancement of Learning (bk. I)

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All this is but a web of the wit; it can work nothing.

Law Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays on Empire

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