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Francis Bacon Quote: “Man, as the minister and interpreter of nature, is limited in act and understanding by his observation of the order of nature; neither his understanding nor his power extends further.”

Man, as the minister and interpreter of nature, is limited in act and understanding by his observation of the order of nature; neither his understanding nor his power extends further.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.”

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.”

Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Brutes by their natural instinct have produced many discoveries, whereas men by discussion and the conclusions of reason have given birth to few or none.”

Brutes by their natural instinct have produced many discoveries, whereas men by discussion and the conclusions of reason have given birth to few or none.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Never any knowledge was delivered in the same order it was invented.”

Never any knowledge was delivered in the same order it was invented.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.”

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.”

The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.”

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There is no doubt but men of genius and leisure may carry our method to greater perfection, but, having had long experience, we have found none equal to it for the commodiousness it affords in working with the Understanding.”

There is no doubt but men of genius and leisure may carry our method to greater perfection, but, having had long experience, we have found none equal to it for the commodiousness it affords in working with the Understanding.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “They that reverence to much old times are but a scorn to the new.”

They that reverence to much old times are but a scorn to the new.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.”

Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Deformed persons commonly take revenge on nature.”

Deformed persons commonly take revenge on nature.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this-that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps.”

The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this-that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.”

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils.”

I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “We think according to nature. We speak according to rules. We act according to custom.”

We think according to nature. We speak according to rules. We act according to custom.

— 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


Francis Bacon Quote: “Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously.”

Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man.”

The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I work for posterity, these things requiring ages for their accomplishment.”

I work for posterity, these things requiring ages for their accomplishment.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I would like, in my arbitrary way, to bring one nearer to the actual human being.”

I would like, in my arbitrary way, to bring one nearer to the actual human being.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold?”

Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold?

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain.”

Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell.”

Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise. For the distance is altered, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back.”

Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise. For the distance is altered, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them, “Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone.””

Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them, “Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone.”

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of Church and State.”

If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of Church and State.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness.”

In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “It’s such an extraordinary supple medium that you never do quite know what paint will do.”

It’s such an extraordinary supple medium that you never do quite know what paint will do.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less.”

It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Medical men do not know the drugs they use, nor their prices.”

Medical men do not know the drugs they use, nor their prices.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Hope is the most beneficial of all the affections, and doth much to the prolongation of life...”

Hope is the most beneficial of all the affections, and doth much to the prolongation of life...

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest.”

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top.”

So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.”

There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “It is a great happiness when men’s professions and their inclinations accord.”

It is a great happiness when men’s professions and their inclinations accord.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.”

The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Do not wonder if the common people speak more truly than those above them: they speak more safely.”

Do not wonder if the common people speak more truly than those above them: they speak more safely.

— Francis Bacon



Francis Bacon Quote: “Fortune makes him fool, whom she makes her darling.”

Fortune makes him fool, whom she makes her darling.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Defer not charities till death; for certainly, if a man weigh it rightly, he that doth so is rather liberal of another man’s than of his own.”

Defer not charities till death; for certainly, if a man weigh it rightly, he that doth so is rather liberal of another man’s than of his own.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength. Of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter, less.”

Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength. Of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter, less.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet.”

That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “More dangers have deceived men than forced them.”

More dangers have deceived men than forced them.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation.”

Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.”

Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance.”

I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.”

If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.

— Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon Quote: “The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship.”

The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship.

— Francis Bacon


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