Sir Francis Bacon Quotes and Sayings

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), son of Nicholas Bacon by his second wife Anne (Cooke) Bacon, was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific revolution. Indeed, his dedication may have brought him into a rare historical group of scientists who were killed by their own experiments.

Sir Francis Bacon Quotes and Sayings

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

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
– Sir Francis Bacon

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
– Sir Francis Bacon

A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Friends are thieves of time.
– Sir Francis Bacon

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
– Sir Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
– Sir Francis Bacon

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Acorns were good until bread was found.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
– Sir Francis Bacon

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
– Sir Francis Bacon

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
– Sir Francis Bacon

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
– Sir 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.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
– Sir Francis Bacon

God’s first creature, which was light.
– Sir Francis Bacon

He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
– Sir Francis Bacon

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
– Sir Francis Bacon

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
– Sir Francis Bacon

It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
– Sir Francis Bacon

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
– Sir 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.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that.
– Sir Francis Bacon

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
– Sir Francis Bacon


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