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Francis Bacon Quote: “The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend.”

The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically depicted, it will be as it were an ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly.”

Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically depicted, it will be as it were an ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “No man’s fortune can be an end worthy of his being.”

No man’s fortune can be an end worthy of his being.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If my people look as if they’re in a dreadful fix, it’s because I can’t get them out of a technical dilemma.”

If my people look as if they’re in a dreadful fix, it’s because I can’t get them out of a technical dilemma.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things.”

There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things.

— Francis Bacon


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

Wounds cannot be cured without searching.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.”

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good.”

The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The mystery lies in the irrationality by which you make appearance – if it is not irrational, you make illustration.”

The mystery lies in the irrationality by which you make appearance – if it is not irrational, you make illustration.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The only really interesting thing is what happens between two people in a room.”

The only really interesting thing is what happens between two people in a room.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.”

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Libraries are as the shrine where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.”

Libraries are as the shrine where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Velazquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator.”

Velazquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no secrecy comparable to celerity.”

There is no secrecy comparable to celerity.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.”

Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.”

I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “You want accuracy, but not representation. If you know how to make the figuration, it doesn’t work. Anything you can make, you make by accident. In painting, you have to know what you do, not how, when you do it.”

You want accuracy, but not representation. If you know how to make the figuration, it doesn’t work. Anything you can make, you make by accident. In painting, you have to know what you do, not how, when you do it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can’t fool the neighbors.”

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can’t fool the neighbors.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener.”

Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.”

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.”

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.”

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The study of nature with a view to works is engaged in by the mechanic, the mathematician, the physician, the alchemist, and the magician; but by all as things now are with slight endeavour and scanty success.”

The study of nature with a view to works is engaged in by the mechanic, the mathematician, the physician, the alchemist, and the magician; but by all as things now are with slight endeavour and scanty success.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.”

Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A man were better relate himself to a statue or picture than to suffer his thoughts to pass in smother.”

A man were better relate himself to a statue or picture than to suffer his thoughts to pass in smother.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In revenge a man is but even with his enemy; for it is a princely thing to pardon, and Solomon saith it is the glory of a man to pass over a transgression.”

In revenge a man is but even with his enemy; for it is a princely thing to pardon, and Solomon saith it is the glory of a man to pass over a transgression.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out.”

A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.”

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.”

Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men’s heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.”

Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men’s heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.”

Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The errors of young men are the ruin of business, but the errors of aged men amount to this, that more might have been done, or sooner.”

The errors of young men are the ruin of business, but the errors of aged men amount to this, that more might have been done, or sooner.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In mathematics I can report no deficiency, except it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of Pure Mathematics.”

In mathematics I can report no deficiency, except it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of Pure Mathematics.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.”

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The divisions of science are not like different lines that meet in one angle, but rather like the branches of trees that join in one trunk.”

The divisions of science are not like different lines that meet in one angle, but rather like the branches of trees that join in one trunk.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When a traveler returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath traveled altogether behind him.”

When a traveler returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath traveled altogether behind him.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In things that are tender and unpleasing, it is good to break the ice by some one whose words are of less weight, and to reserve the more weighty voice to come in as by chance.”

In things that are tender and unpleasing, it is good to break the ice by some one whose words are of less weight, and to reserve the more weighty voice to come in as by chance.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.”

Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “All will come out in the washing.”

All will come out in the washing.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.”

I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.”

A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I’m just trying to make images as accurately as possible off my nervous system as I can.”

I’m just trying to make images as accurately as possible off my nervous system as I can.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.”

He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “God’s first creature, which was light.”

God’s first creature, which was light.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.”

The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is a cunning which we in England call “the turning of the cat” in the pan; which is, when that which a man says to another, he says it as if another had said it to him.”

There is a cunning which we in England call “the turning of the cat” in the pan; which is, when that which a man says to another, he says it as if another had said it to him.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer.”

The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He that cometh to seek after knowledge, with a mind to scorn, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but no matter for his instruction.”

He that cometh to seek after knowledge, with a mind to scorn, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but no matter for his instruction.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I knew a wise man that had it for a by-word, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, “Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner.””

I knew a wise man that had it for a by-word, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, “Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner.”

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When a doubt is once received, men labour rather how to keep it a doubt still, than how to solve it; and accordingly bend their wits.”

When a doubt is once received, men labour rather how to keep it a doubt still, than how to solve it; and accordingly bend their wits.

— Francis Bacon


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