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192 Famous Quotes by Francis Bacon
1/22/1561 - 4/9/1626
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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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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, his is a base and ignoble creature.

God Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Atheism

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And let him be sure to leave other men their turns to speak.

Speech Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Civil and Moral--Of Discourse (no. 32)

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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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The wisdom of our ancestors.

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

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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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Knowledge is power.

Knowledge Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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

History Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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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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Come home to men's business and bosoms.

Business Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays (dedication of edition 9)

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The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity there is no excess, neither can angel or man come in danger by it.

Charity Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essay--On Goodness

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The folly of one man is the fortune of another.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Fortune

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The remedy is worse than the disease.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Seditions

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He won't, won't he? Then bring me my boots.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Seditions

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

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

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All authority must be out of a man's self, turned . . . either upon an art, or upon a man. - Francis Bacon,

Authority Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Natural History--Century X--Touching emission of immateriate virtues, etc.

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Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

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

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Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment.

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

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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.

Speech Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Discourse

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One of the Seven was wont to say: "That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through."

Law Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Apothegms (no. 181)

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Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.

Knowledge Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Aphorism III

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