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 is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear

There is superstition in avoiding superstitions

It is the wisdom of the crocodiles that shed tears when they would devour.

Like the strawberry wives that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot and all the rest were little ones.

To spend too much time in studies is sloth.

It is as natural to die as to be born, and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other

Things alter for the worse spontaneously if they be not altered for the better designedly.

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

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.

Philosophy when superficially studied excites doubt, when thoroughly explored it dispels it

[Knowledge is] a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man's estate.

He said it that knew it best.

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity of the New which carrieth the greater benediction and the clearer revelation of God

Many a man's strength is in opposition and when he faileth he groweth out of use

Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man

Seek ye first the good things of the mind and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.

The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men.

To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.

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