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Francis Bacon Quote: “Painting is the pattern of one’s own nervous system being projected on canvas.”

Painting is the pattern of one’s own nervous system being projected on canvas.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint.”

Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Always let losers have their words.”

Always let losers have their words.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men.”

To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.”

It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me?”

Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me?

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.”

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I think of myself as a kind of pulverizing machine into which everything I look at and feel is fed. I believe that I am different from the mixed-media jackdaws who use photographs etc. more or less literally.”

I think of myself as a kind of pulverizing machine into which everything I look at and feel is fed. I believe that I am different from the mixed-media jackdaws who use photographs etc. more or less literally.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.”

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this-that men despair and think things impossible.”

But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this-that men despair and think things impossible.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “If you want to convey fact, this can only ever be done through a form of distortion. You must distort to transform what is called appearance into image.”

If you want to convey fact, this can only ever be done through a form of distortion. You must distort to transform what is called appearance into image.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.”

Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind.”

Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.”

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing is to be feared but fear.”

Nothing is to be feared but fear.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.”

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I loathe my own face, and I’ve done self-portraits because I’ve had nobody else to do.”

I loathe my own face, and I’ve done self-portraits because I’ve had nobody else to do.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.”

For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There was never miracle wrought by God to convert an atheist, because the light of nature might have led him to confess a God.”

There was never miracle wrought by God to convert an atheist, because the light of nature might have led him to confess a God.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.”

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.”

A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people’s life by looking at their souls and exposing them to his light.”

Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people’s life by looking at their souls and exposing them to his light.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Painting today is pure intuition and luck and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down.”

Painting today is pure intuition and luck and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom.”

You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures.”

Perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.”

But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Friendship redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.”

Friendship redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.”

The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.”

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is impossible to love and to be wise.”

It is impossible to love and to be wise.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “If I sit and daydream, the images rush by like a succession of colored slides.”

If I sit and daydream, the images rush by like a succession of colored slides.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For fountains, they are a Great Beauty and Refreshment, but Pools mar all, and make the Garden unwholesome, and full of Flies and Frogs.”

For fountains, they are a Great Beauty and Refreshment, but Pools mar all, and make the Garden unwholesome, and full of Flies and Frogs.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Acorns were good until bread was found.”

Acorns were good until bread was found.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.”

That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Great Hypocrites are the real atheists.”

Great Hypocrites are the real atheists.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry.”

Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.”

The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Hurl your calumnies boldly; something is sure to stick.”

Hurl your calumnies boldly; something is sure to stick.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.”

A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.”

Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do.”

I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It has well been said that the arch-flatterer, with whom all petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man’s self.”

It has well been said that the arch-flatterer, with whom all petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man’s self.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I should have been, I don’t know, a con-man, a robber or a prostitute. But it was vanity that made me choose painting, vanity and chance.”

I should have been, I don’t know, a con-man, a robber or a prostitute. But it was vanity that made me choose painting, vanity and chance.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I like, you may say, the glitter and colour that comes from the mouth, and I’ve always hoped in a sense to be able to paint the mouth like Monet painted a sunset.”

I like, you may say, the glitter and colour that comes from the mouth, and I’ve always hoped in a sense to be able to paint the mouth like Monet painted a sunset.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Wounds cannot be cured without searching.”

Wounds cannot be cured without searching.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision.”

I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Let no one think or maintain that a person can search too far or be too well studied in either the book of God’s word or the book of God’s works.”

Let no one think or maintain that a person can search too far or be too well studied in either the book of God’s word or the book of God’s works.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint.”

You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage.”

A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.”

If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.

— Francis Bacon


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