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Francis Bacon Quote: “It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.”

It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.”

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.”

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.”

If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship.”

The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance.”

I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.”

Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.”

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “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.”

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


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity.”

Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “One always starts work with the subject, no matter how tenuous it is, and one constructs an artificial structure by which one can trap the reality of the subject-matter that one has started from.”

One always starts work with the subject, no matter how tenuous it is, and one constructs an artificial structure by which one can trap the reality of the subject-matter that one has started from.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is a cunning which we in England call the rning of the cat in the pan.”

There is a cunning which we in England call the rning of the cat in the pan.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one?”

The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one?

— Francis Bacon


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

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

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Man was formed for society.”

Man was formed for society.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come.”

For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, and to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance.”

It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, and to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Because the acts or events of true history have not that magnitude which satisfieth the mind of man, poesy feigneth acts and events greater and more heroical.”

Because the acts or events of true history have not that magnitude which satisfieth the mind of man, poesy feigneth acts and events greater and more heroical.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.”

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much to fortune, favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly, the mold of a man’s fortune is in his own hands.”

It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much to fortune, favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly, the mold of a man’s fortune is in his own hands.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.”

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.”

It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man’s judgment.”

It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man’s judgment.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Mysteries are due to secrecy.”

Mysteries are due to secrecy.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “They are the best physicians, who being great in learning most incline to the traditions of experience, or being distinguished in practice do not reflect the methods and generalities of art.”

They are the best physicians, who being great in learning most incline to the traditions of experience, or being distinguished in practice do not reflect the methods and generalities of art.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.”

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements, – as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man.”

Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements, – as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.”

And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “First the amendment of their own minds. For the removal of the impediments of the mind will sooner clear the passages of fortune than the obtaining fortune will remove the impediments of the mind.”

First the amendment of their own minds. For the removal of the impediments of the mind will sooner clear the passages of fortune than the obtaining fortune will remove the impediments of the mind.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason.”

Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “There is nothing more certain in nature than that it is impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated.”

There is nothing more certain in nature than that it is impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.”

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.”

None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Vices of the time; vices of the man.”

Vices of the time; vices of the man.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that cannot possibly mend his own case will do what he can to impair another’s.”

He that cannot possibly mend his own case will do what he can to impair another’s.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He of whom many are afraid ought himself to fear many.”

He of whom many are afraid ought himself to fear many.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Spouses are great impediments to great enterprises.”

Spouses are great impediments to great enterprises.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.”

Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Again there is another great and powerful cause why the sciences have made but little progress; which is this. It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.”

Again there is another great and powerful cause why the sciences have made but little progress; which is this. It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.”

They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “If there be fuel prepared, it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire.”

If there be fuel prepared, it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both.”

Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.”

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For behavior, men learn it, as they take diseases, one of another.”

For behavior, men learn it, as they take diseases, one of another.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Books speak plain when counselors blanch.”

Books speak plain when counselors blanch.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.”

Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Custom is the principle magistrate of man’s life.”

Custom is the principle magistrate of man’s life.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.”

In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.”

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

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Boldness is a child of ignorance.”

Boldness is a child of ignorance.

— Francis Bacon


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