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192 Famous Quotes by Francis Bacon
1/22/1561 - 4/9/1626
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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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Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

Books Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essay--Of Studies

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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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Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

Judges Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Judicature

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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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We see how flies, and spiders, and the like, get a sepulchre in amber, more durable than the monument and embalming of the body of any king.

Flies Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Sylvia Sylvarum (century I, experiment 100)

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He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Matrimony Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Marriage and Single Life

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Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.

Virtue Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Adversity

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Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Virtue Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Of Beauty

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Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.

Youth Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Youth and Age

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Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

Anger Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Certain Apophthegms of Lord Bacon (no. IV)

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Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

Money Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Sedition

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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.

Traveling Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Of Travel

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For it is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast.

Society Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Civil and Moral--Of Friendship

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Man was formed for society.

Society Quotes, by Francis Bacon , Source: Essays--Civil and Moral--Of Friendship

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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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