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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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.
Of great wealth there is no real use except in its distribution the rest is just conceit.
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
Set it down to thyself as well to create good precedents as to follow them.
States as great engines move slowly.
Atheism leaves a man to sense to philosophy to natural piety to laws to reputation, all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue even if religion vanished, but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy i
Like strawberry wives that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot and all the rest were little ones.