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Francis Bacon Quote: “Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.”

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

— 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


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn.”

Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery at first it deceives, at last it betrays.”

The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery at first it deceives, at last it betrays.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “But the best demonstration by far is experience, if it go not beyond the actual experiment.”

But the best demonstration by far is experience, if it go not beyond the actual experiment.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.”

If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.”

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.”

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

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.”

Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.”

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority.”

Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “All artists are vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free.”

All artists are vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!”

It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The master of superstition, is the people; and in all superstition, wise men follow fools; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reversed order.”

The master of superstition, is the people; and in all superstition, wise men follow fools; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reversed order.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.”

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If a man’s wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen; for they are cymini sectores, splitters of hairs.”

If a man’s wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen; for they are cymini sectores, splitters of hairs.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom.”

The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is idle to expect any great advancement in science from the superinducing and engrafting of new things upon old. We must begin anew from the very foundations, unless we would revolve for ever in a circle with mean and contemptible progress.”

It is idle to expect any great advancement in science from the superinducing and engrafting of new things upon old. We must begin anew from the very foundations, unless we would revolve for ever in a circle with mean and contemptible progress.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains; and it is sometimes base, and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse.”

The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains; and it is sometimes base, and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Knowledge is a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man’s estate.”

Knowledge is a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man’s estate.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.”

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.”

There is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.”

The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life.”

Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.”

To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.”

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.”

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Cure the disease and kill the patient.”

Cure the disease and kill the patient.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high.”

Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.”

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.”

It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth.”

The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.”

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It was a high speech of Seneca that “The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.””

It was a high speech of Seneca that “The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.”

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness.”

The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.”

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations. Death hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy.”

Above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations. Death hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The world’s a bubble, and the life of man, Less than a span.”

The world’s a bubble, and the life of man, Less than a span.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.”

God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch, Till the white-wing’d reapers come.”

Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch, Till the white-wing’d reapers come.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.”

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.”

Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He who desires solitude is either an animal or a god.”

He who desires solitude is either an animal or a god.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “All painting is an accident. But it’s also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve.”

All painting is an accident. But it’s also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Those that want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts.”

Those that want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others.”

Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “No artist knows in his own lifetime whether what he does will be the slightest good, because it takes at least seventy-five to a hundred years before the thing begins to sort itself out.”

No artist knows in his own lifetime whether what he does will be the slightest good, because it takes at least seventy-five to a hundred years before the thing begins to sort itself out.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “But we may go further, and affirm most truly, that it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness.”

But we may go further, and affirm most truly, that it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.”

It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.

— Francis Bacon


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