Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

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It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him.

Riches are a good handmaid but the worst mistress

A man must make his opportunity as oft as find it.

Croesus said to Cambyses, That peace was better than war, because in peace the sons did bury their fathers but in wars the fathers did bury their sons

For those who intend to discover and to understand not to indulge in conjectures and soothsaying and rather than contrive imitation and fabulous worlds plan to look deep into the nature of the real world and to dissect it -- for them everything must be sought in things themselves.

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. And therefore God never wrought miracle to convince atheism because his ordinary works convince it. It is true that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

Fame is like a river that beareth up things light and swollen and drowns things weighty and solid

When he wrote a letter he would put that which was most material in the postscript as if it had been a by-matter

Fortitude is the marshal of thought the armor of the will and the fort of reason.

The arch-flatterer with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence is a man's self

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively he shall see Fortune, for though she be blind yet she is not invisible.

Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.

The wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea.

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion and opinion brings on substance.

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.

For what a man would like to be true that he more readily believes

To suffering there is a limit, to fearing none.

If we begin with certainties we will end in doubt. But if we begin with doubts and bear them patiently we may end in certainty.

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