Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

English philosopher, statesman
22 January 1561 — 9 April 1626

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Silence is the sleep which nourishes wisdom.

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Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

Wives are young men`s mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men`s nurses.

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.

Silence is the virtue of a fool.

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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.

God [...] hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.


A good conscience is a continual feast.

All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but neglect and pass over their failure, though it be much more common.

Man prefers to believe what he wants to be true.

The general root of superstition [is] that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.

Wonder [...] is the seed of knowledge.

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.


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