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80 Best Sir Francis Bacon Quotes From The English Philosopher And Statesman

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Sir Francis Bacon was an English philosopher who also served as the attorney general of England.

Among his many discoveries, his invention of the scientific method is the most important. This work on science, especially the Baconian method, is highly notable.

Also known as the father of empiricism, Bacon's scientific method is still used today. He proposed that in solving a problem, experiments should be conducted from which data is to be analyzed and thus results are to be found, rather than simply arguing with logic-based questions. Take a look at these wonderful quotes and we are sure they will appeal to you.

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Best Sir Francis Bacon Quotations

The best Bacon quotes are inspiring.

Enlisted below are some of the best quotes from Francis Bacon along with a Sir Francis Bacon quote on truth.

1. "Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."

- Francis Bacon.

2. "Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority."

- Francis Bacon.

3. "Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read."

- Francis Bacon.

4. "Credulity in arts and opinions is likewise of two kinds viz., when men give too much belief to arts themselves, or to certain authors in any art."

- Francis Bacon, 'De Augmentis Scientiarum'.

5. "There be three degrees of this hiding and veiling of a man's self; the first, closeness, reservation, and secrecy the second, dissimulation in the negative the third, simulation in the affirmative"

- Francis Bacon.

6. "There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool."

- Francis Bacon.

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

- Francis Bacon.

8. "A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."

- Francis Bacon.

9. "Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface."

- Francis Bacon.

10. "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."

- Francis Bacon.

11. "Wonder is the seed of knowledge."

- Francis Bacon.

12. "In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior."

- Francis Bacon.

13. "It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong."

- Francis Bacon.

14. "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.

15. "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."

- Francis Bacon.

16. "The general root of superstition: namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other."

- Francis Bacon.

17. "A false friend is more dangerous than an open enemy."

- Francis Bacon.

18. "Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly."

- Francis Bacon.

Famous Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

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Here are some famous quotes of Bacon along with Francis Bacon philosopher quotes.

19. "When you wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires."

- Francis Bacon.

20. "If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties."

- Francis Bacon.

21. "Let the mind be enlarged to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind"

- Francis Bacon.

22. "God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation."

- Francis Bacon.

23. "He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief."

- Francis Bacon.

24. "It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself."

- Francis Bacon.

25. "I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision."

- Francis Bacon.

26. "Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections."

- Francis Bacon.

27. "Nay, number itself in armies, importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for as Virgil saith it never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be."

- Francis Bacon, 'Essays Or Counsels Civil And Moral'.

28. "Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite."

- Francis Bacon.

29. "Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home."

- Francis Bacon.

30. "He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly) rather liberal of another man's, than of his own."

- Francis Bacon, 'Ornamenta Rationalia'.

31. "Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."

- Francis Bacon.

Francis Bacon Quotes On Science

In this category, you will find the finest quotes on science by Francis Bacon.

32. "Again there is another great and powerful cause why the sciences have made but little progress; which is this. It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed."

- Francis Bacon, 'The Works'.

33. "Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom."

- Francis Bacon.

34. "The weakness of patients, and sweetness of life, and nature of hope, maketh men depend upon physicians with all their defects."

- Francis Bacon.

35. "Natures that have much heat, and great and violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for action till they have passed the meridian of their years."

- Francis Bacon.

36. "A little science estranges a man from God; a lot of science brings him back."

- Francis Bacon.

37. "Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend."

- Francis Bacon, 'Essays Of Studies'.

38. "Heat is a motion; expansive, restrained, and acting in its strife upon the smaller particles of bodies."

- Francis Bacon.

39. "The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body and reduce it to harmony."

- Francis Bacon, 'The Works'.

40. "Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced."

- Francis Bacon.

Sir Francis Bacon Quotes On Reading And Knowledge

Here are some quotes on reading and a Francis Bacon knowledge quote.

41. "Books are true friends that will never flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself, and you shall need no other comfort."

- Francis Bacon.

42. "Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it."

- Francis Bacon.

43. "Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted ...but to weigh and consider."

- Francis Bacon.

44. "I had rather believe all the fables in the legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Atheism'.

45. "Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."

- Francis Bacon.

46. "A forbidden writing is thought to be a certain spark of truth, that flies up in the face of them who seek to tread it out."

- Francis Bacon, 'Essays, Civil And Moral: And The New Atlantis'.

47. "It is not the pleasure of curiosity, nor the quiet of resolution, nor the raising of the spirit, nor victory of wit, nor faculty of speech … that are the true ends of knowledge…"

- Francis Bacon, 'Valerius Terminus: Of The Interpretation Of Nature'.

48. "You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom."

- Francis Bacon.

Francis Bacon Quotes On Love

In this category you will find the coolest quotes on love by Bacon.

49. "The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love."

- Francis Bacon, 'Essays Of Friendship'.

50. "The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears."

- Francis Bacon.

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

- Francis Bacon, 'Essay Of Death'.

52. "Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it."

- Francis Bacon.

53. "The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren, sometimes like a Fury."

- Francis Bacon.

54. "For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."

- Francis Bacon, 'Essays Of Friendship'.

Other Iconic Quotes From Sir Francis Bacon

Enlisted below are the other iconic quotes of Sir Francis Bacon.

55. "Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."

- Francis Bacon, 'Novum Organum'.

56. "Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy."

- Francis Bacon, 'The Essays, Or Councils, Civil And Moral'.

57. "A man's nature is best perceived in privateness, for there is no affectation; in passion, for that putteth a man out of his precepts; and in a new case or experiment, for there custom leaveth him."

- Francis Bacon.

58. "Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them."

- Francis Bacon, 'The Works Of Francis Bacon'.

59. "People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom."

- Francis Bacon.

60. "Money is a great servant but a bad master."

- Francis Bacon.

61. "The study of nature with a view to works is engaged in by the mechanic, the mathematician, the physician, the alchemist, and the magician; but by all as things now are with slight endeavour and scanty success."

- Francis Bacon, 'The Works'.

62. "In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts."

- Francis Bacon.

63. "He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory."

- Francis Bacon.

64. "Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue."

- Francis Bacon.

65. "The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one."

- Francis Bacon.

66. "Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion."

- Francis Bacon, 'The Essays Or Counsels, Civil And Moral Of Francis Bacon'.

67. "Neither the naked hand nor the understanding, left to itself, can do much; the work is accomplished by instruments and helps, of which the need is not less for the understanding than the hand."

- Francis Bacon.

68. "Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled it you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again."

- Francis Bacon.

69. "Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes...and whatever lies upon the heart."

- Francis Bacon.

70. "It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, and to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance."

- Francis Bacon.

71. "To choose time is to save time."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Dispatch'.

72. "As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Innovations'.

73. "Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Wisdom For A Man's Self'.

74. "Divide with reason between self-love and society."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Wisdom For A Man's Self'.

75. "The master of superstition is the people."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Superstition'.

76. "Superstition, without a veil, is a deformed thing."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Superstition'.

77. "Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Travel'.

78. "It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Empire'.

79. "The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Counsel'.

80. "Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall."

- Francis Bacon, 'Of Delays'.

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