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Francis Bacon Quote: “In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place.”

In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “As is the garden such is the gardener. A man’s nature runs either to herbs or weeds.”

As is the garden such is the gardener. A man’s nature runs either to herbs or weeds.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There are many wise men that have secret hearts and transparent countenances.”

There are many wise men that have secret hearts and transparent countenances.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Very few people have a natural feeling for painting, and so, of course, they naturally think that painting is an expression of the artist’s mood. But it rarely is. Very often he may be in greatest despair and be painting his happiest paintings.”

Very few people have a natural feeling for painting, and so, of course, they naturally think that painting is an expression of the artist’s mood. But it rarely is. Very often he may be in greatest despair and be painting his happiest paintings.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Croesus said to Cambyses; That peace was better than war; because in peace the sons did bury their fathers, but in wars the fathers did bury their sons.”

Croesus said to Cambyses; That peace was better than war; because in peace the sons did bury their fathers, but in wars the fathers did bury their sons.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In charity there is no excess.”

In charity there is no excess.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.”

I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.”

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A much talking judge is an ill-tuned cymbal.”

A much talking judge is an ill-tuned cymbal.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.”

To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Great changes are easier than small ones.”

Great changes are easier than small ones.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A just fear of an imminent danger, though be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.”

A just fear of an imminent danger, though be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.”

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The universe must not be narrowed down to the limit of our understanding, but our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered.”

The universe must not be narrowed down to the limit of our understanding, but our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.”

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Reading maketh a full man; and writing an axact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little, he need have much cunning to seem to know which he doth not.”

Reading maketh a full man; and writing an axact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little, he need have much cunning to seem to know which he doth not.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Friends are thieves of time.”

Friends are thieves of time.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If you can talk about it, why paint it?”

If you can talk about it, why paint it?

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.”

In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.”

All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.”

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “We only have our nervous system to paint.”

We only have our nervous system to paint.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “God loveth the clean.”

God loveth the clean.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Innovations, which are the births of time.”

Innovations, which are the births of time.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.”

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.”

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren, sometimes like a Fury.”

The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren, sometimes like a Fury.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust.”

Who then to frail mortality shall trust But limns the water, or but writes in dust.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.”

The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man’s mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.”

Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man’s mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Come home to men’s business and bosoms.”

Come home to men’s business and bosoms.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts.”

In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him “Was your mother never at Rome?” He answered “No Sir; but my father was.””

There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him “Was your mother never at Rome?” He answered “No Sir; but my father was.”

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds.”

The human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The place of justice is a hallowed place.”

The place of justice is a hallowed place.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “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 nor man come in danger by it.”

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 nor man come in danger by it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.”

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.”

Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.”

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather.”

When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.”

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.”

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one.”

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.”

The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.”

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.”

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness.”

The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts.”

Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.”

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.

— Francis Bacon


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