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192 Famous Quotes by Francis Bacon
1/22/1561 - 4/9/1626
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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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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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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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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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Knowledge is power.

Knowledge Quotes, by Francis Bacon

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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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Knowledge bloweth up, but charity buildeth up.

Knowledge Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Rendering of I Cor. VIII (I)

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For knowledge, too, is itself a power. [Lat., Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.]

Knowledge Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Treatise--De Hoeresiis

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

Wives Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Marriage and Single Life

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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; Adversity is the blessing of the New.

Blessings Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Adversity

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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.

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

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Because indeed there was never law, or sect, or opinion, did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.

Goodness Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature

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The World's a bubble, and the Life of Man less than a span: In his conception wretched, from the womb so to the tomb. Curst from his cradle, and brought up to years with cares and fears. Who then to frail mortality shall trust, But limns the water, or but writes in dust.

Life Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Life--Preface to the Translation of Certain Psalms

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But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.

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

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