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Francis Bacon Quote: “If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.”

If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “I hold every man a debtor to his profession.”

I hold every man a debtor to his profession.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.”

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Praise is the reflection of virtue.”

Praise is the reflection of virtue.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.”

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When Christ came into the world, peace was sung; and when He went out of the world, peace was bequeathed.”

When Christ came into the world, peace was sung; and when He went out of the world, peace was bequeathed.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The remedy is worse than the disease.”

The remedy is worse than the disease.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.”

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.”

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes.”

Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “By indignities men come to dignities.”

By indignities men come to dignities.

— Francis Bacon


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

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

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness.”

All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Time is the greatest innovator.”

Time is the greatest innovator.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The wisdom of the ancients.”

The wisdom of the ancients.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Money is like muck, not good unless spread.”

Money is like muck, not good unless spread.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The eye of understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or levels, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.”

The eye of understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or levels, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man.”

Atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is natural to die as to be born.”

It is natural to die as to be born.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken all knowledge to be my province.”

I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken all knowledge to be my province.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people’s plates.”

Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people’s plates.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I’ll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I’ll grow less; for I’ll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.”

I’ll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I’ll grow less; for I’ll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.”

Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Again men have been kept back as by a kind of enchantment from progress in science by reverence for antiquity, by the authority of men counted great in philosophy, and then by general consent.”

Again men have been kept back as by a kind of enchantment from progress in science by reverence for antiquity, by the authority of men counted great in philosophy, and then by general consent.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “States, as great engines, move slowly.”

States, as great engines, move slowly.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Let every student of nature take this as his rule, that whatever the mind seizes upon with particular satisfaction is to be held in suspicion.”

Let every student of nature take this as his rule, that whatever the mind seizes upon with particular satisfaction is to be held in suspicion.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I think I tend to destroy the better paintings, or those that have been better to a certain extent. I try and take them further, and they lose all their qualities, and they lose everything. I think I would say that I destroy all the better paintings.”

I think I tend to destroy the better paintings, or those that have been better to a certain extent. I try and take them further, and they lose all their qualities, and they lose everything. I think I would say that I destroy all the better paintings.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A good name is like precious ointment ; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers.”

A good name is like precious ointment ; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A picture should be a re-creation of an event rather than an illustration of an object; but there is no tension in the picture unless there is a struggle with the object.”

A picture should be a re-creation of an event rather than an illustration of an object; but there is no tension in the picture unless there is a struggle with the object.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The mold of our fortunes is in our own hands.”

The mold of our fortunes is in our own hands.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men’s manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.”

Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men’s manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion.”

Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark.”

Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.”

Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “To spend too much time in studies is sloth.”

To spend too much time in studies is sloth.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.”

Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that seeketh to be eminent amongst able men hath a great task; but that is ever good for the public. But he that plots to be the only figure amongst ciphers is the decay of a whole age.”

He that seeketh to be eminent amongst able men hath a great task; but that is ever good for the public. But he that plots to be the only figure amongst ciphers is the decay of a whole age.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.”

There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day; but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made.”

A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day; but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.”

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father; to his wife, but as a husband; to his enemy, but upon terms: whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person.”

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father; to his wife, but as a husband; to his enemy, but upon terms: whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Love and envy make a man pine, which other affections do not, because they are not so continual.”

Love and envy make a man pine, which other affections do not, because they are not so continual.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed.”

The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In all superstition wise men follow fools.”

In all superstition wise men follow fools.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar.”

To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affection; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humor of a scholar.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.”

It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.”

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It’s not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.”

It’s not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.”

When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or thought of the course of nature; beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.”

Man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or thought of the course of nature; beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.

— Francis Bacon


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