FRANCIS BACON Quotes

It was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), 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

It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.

Francis Bacon

Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon.

Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men is the vicissitude of sects and religions.

Francis Bacon

To seek to extinguish anger utterly, is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time.

Francis Bacon

The winning of honor, is but the revealing of a man's virtue and worth, without disadvantage.

Francis Bacon

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.

Francis Bacon

Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities, than he finds.

Francis Bacon

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

Francis Bacon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Francis Bacon

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.

Francis Bacon

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