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192 Famous Quotes by Francis Bacon
1/22/1561 - 4/9/1626
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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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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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Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

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

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The folly of one man is the fortune of another.

Folly Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Fortune

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But I account the use that a man should seek of the publishing of his own writings before his death, to be but an untimely anticipation of that which is proper to follow a man, and not to go along with him. - Francis Bacon,

Publishing Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: An Advertisement Touching a Holy War--Epistle Dedicatory

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But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.

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

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Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Books Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Proposition touching Amendment of Laws

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The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one? [Lat., Vox populi habet aliquid divinum: nam quomo do aliter tot capita in unum conspirare possint?]

Public Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: 9, Laus, Existimatio

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States are great engines moving slowly.

Government Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Advancement of Learning (bk. II)

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So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top. [Lat., Adeo ut omnes imperii virga sive bacillum vere superius inflexum sit.]

Government Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: De Sapientia Veterum (6, Pan, sive Natura)

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The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.

Weakness Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: On Seditions, quoted as a Spanish proverb

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I had rather believe all the fables in the Legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.

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

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That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, "that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off."

Fortune Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Advancement of Learning (bk. II)

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Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune: for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

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

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We see spiders, flies or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.

Flies Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Historia Vitoe et Mortis

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It was prettily devised of Aesop: The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise!

Flies Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Vain Glory, attributed to Aesop but found in "Fables" of Laurentius Abstemius

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