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Francis Bacon Quote: “A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.”

A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Wonder is the seed of knowledge.”

Wonder is the seed of knowledge.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions.”

The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.”

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Truth is a naked and open daylight.”

Truth is a naked and open daylight.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “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.”

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.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Art is man added to Nature.”

Art is man added to Nature.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.”

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives.”

It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.”

It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.”

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting.”

When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.”

Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.”

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is superstition in avoiding superstition.”

There is superstition in avoiding superstition.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: ‘Be angry, but sin not.’ ‘Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.’”

To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: ‘Be angry, but sin not.’ ‘Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.’

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.”

The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.”

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.”

Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.”

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Half of science is putting forth the right questions.”

Half of science is putting forth the right questions.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief.”

Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.”

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards success.”

Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards success.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A lie faces God and shrinks from man.”

A lie faces God and shrinks from man.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Life is a marshmallow, easy to chew but hard to swallow.”

Life is a marshmallow, easy to chew but hard to swallow.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A principal fruit of friendship, is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”

A principal fruit of friendship, is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man’s body and reduce it to harmony.”

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man’s body and reduce it to harmony.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.”

Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “The folly of one man is the fortune of another.”

The folly of one man is the fortune of another.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Opportunity makes a thief.”

Opportunity makes a thief.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.”

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Everybody has his own interpretation of a painting he sees...”

Everybody has his own interpretation of a painting he sees...

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It would be unsound fancy and self-contradictory to expect that things which have never yet been done can be done except by means which have never yet been tried.”

It would be unsound fancy and self-contradictory to expect that things which have never yet been done can be done except by means which have never yet been tried.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.”

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Friendship maketh daylight in the understanding, out of darkness and confusion of thoughts.”

Friendship maketh daylight in the understanding, out of darkness and confusion of thoughts.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Parents who wish to train up their children in the way they should go must go in the way in which they would have their children go.”

Parents who wish to train up their children in the way they should go must go in the way in which they would have their children go.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Laws and Institutions Must Go Hand in Hand with the Progress of the Human Mind.”

Laws and Institutions Must Go Hand in Hand with the Progress of the Human Mind.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “We must see whether the same clock with weights will go faster at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of a mine; it is probable, if the pull of the weights decreases on the mountain and increases in the mine, that the earth has real attraction.”

We must see whether the same clock with weights will go faster at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of a mine; it is probable, if the pull of the weights decreases on the mountain and increases in the mine, that the earth has real attraction.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.”

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The light that a man receives by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which comes from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs.”

The light that a man receives by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which comes from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.”

Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.”

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”

There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.”

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion.”

Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.”

Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Silence is the virtue of fools.”

Silence is the virtue of fools.

— Francis Bacon


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