Francis Bacon Quotes

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

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge, fitter for execution than for counsel, and fitter for new projects than for settled business.

Francis Bacon

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.

Francis Bacon

Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.

Francis Bacon

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.

Francis Bacon

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Francis Bacon

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.

Francis Bacon

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Francis Bacon

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

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

Francis Bacon

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