FRANCIS BACON Quotes

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

Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he make his wings shorter.

Francis Bacon

If you would work any man, you must either know his nature and fashions, and so lead him; or his ends, and so persuade him or his weakness and disadvantages, and so awe him or those that have interest in him, and so govern him. In dealing with cunning persons, we must ever consider their ends, to interpret their speeches; and it is good to say little to them, and that which they least look for. In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.

Francis Bacon

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.

Francis Bacon

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.

Francis Bacon

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

Francis Bacon

Virtue is like a rich stone best plain set.

Francis Bacon

Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.

Francis Bacon

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon

Men's thoughts, are much according to their inclination; their discourse and speeches, according to their learning and infused opinions; but their deeds, are after as they have been accustomed.

Francis Bacon

Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.

Francis Bacon
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