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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



Francis Bacon Quote: “Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man’s knowledge.”

Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again, and so bringeth much to a man’s knowledge.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “My praise shall be dedicated to the mind itself. The mind is the man, and the knowledge is the mind. A man is but what he knoweth. The mind is but an accident to knowledge, for knowledge is the double of that which is.”

My praise shall be dedicated to the mind itself. The mind is the man, and the knowledge is the mind. A man is but what he knoweth. The mind is but an accident to knowledge, for knowledge is the double of that which is.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I want to make portraits and images. I don’t know how. Out of despair, I just use paint anyway. Suddenly the things you make coagulate and take on just the shape you intend. Totally accurate marks, which are outside representational marks.”

I want to make portraits and images. I don’t know how. Out of despair, I just use paint anyway. Suddenly the things you make coagulate and take on just the shape you intend. Totally accurate marks, which are outside representational marks.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother.”

Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The bee enclosed and through the amber shown Seems buried in the juice which was his own.”

The bee enclosed and through the amber shown Seems buried in the juice which was his own.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Great riches have sold more men than they have bought.”

Great riches have sold more men than they have bought.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Of all things known to mortals wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all.”

Of all things known to mortals wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.”

There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “I don’t believe art is available; it’s rare and curious and should be completely isolated; one is more aware of its magic the more it is isolated.”

I don’t believe art is available; it’s rare and curious and should be completely isolated; one is more aware of its magic the more it is isolated.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense, without prejudice, till you resolve it.”

Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense, without prejudice, till you resolve it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It’s always hopeless to talk about painting – one never does anything but talk around it.”

It’s always hopeless to talk about painting – one never does anything but talk around it.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.”

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “A cat will never drown if she sees the shore.”

A cat will never drown if she sees the shore.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.”

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “What then remains but that we still should cry, For being born, and, being born, to die?”

What then remains but that we still should cry, For being born, and, being born, to die?

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For first of all we must prepare a Natural and Experimental History, sufficient and good; and this is the foundation of all; for we are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do.”

For first of all we must prepare a Natural and Experimental History, sufficient and good; and this is the foundation of all; for we are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The images of mens wits and knowledge remain in books. They generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages.”

The images of mens wits and knowledge remain in books. They generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Rebellions of the belly are the worst.”

Rebellions of the belly are the worst.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.”

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the nervous system in a more violent way.”

Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the nervous system in a more violent way.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “All bravery stands upon comparisons.”

All bravery stands upon comparisons.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later.”

Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.”

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green.”

The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.”

For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.”

They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Every person born in the USA is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt.”

Every person born in the USA is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding.”

The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.”

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.”

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Painting gave meaning to my life which without it would not have had.”

Painting gave meaning to my life which without it would not have had.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Such philosophy as shall not vanish in the fume of subtile, sublime, or delectable speculation but shall be operative to the endowment and betterment of man’s life.”

Such philosophy as shall not vanish in the fume of subtile, sublime, or delectable speculation but shall be operative to the endowment and betterment of man’s life.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.”

When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “An illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact.”

An illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question when a man should marry? ‘A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.’”

He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question when a man should marry? ‘A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.’

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Princes are like heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration, but no rest.”

Princes are like heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration, but no rest.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes.”

For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.”

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God, part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly.”

Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God, part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “But the images of men’s wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.”

But the images of men’s wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.”

Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Riches are for spending.”

Riches are for spending.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.”

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I have to hope that my instincts will do the right thing, because I can’t erase what I have done. And if I drew something first, then my paintings would be illustrations of drawings.”

I have to hope that my instincts will do the right thing, because I can’t erase what I have done. And if I drew something first, then my paintings would be illustrations of drawings.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.”

Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.”

Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “As you work, the mood grows on you. There are certain images which suddenly get hold of me and I really want to do them. But it’s true to say that the excitement and possibilities are in the working and obviously can only come in the working.”

As you work, the mood grows on you. There are certain images which suddenly get hold of me and I really want to do them. But it’s true to say that the excitement and possibilities are in the working and obviously can only come in the working.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Whatever you can, count.”

Whatever you can, count.

— Francis Bacon


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