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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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.

Those that want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts.

Houses are built to live in and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.

Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.

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.

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so, but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

Revenge is a kind of wild justice.

If we begin with certainties we shall end in doubts, but if we begin with doubts and are patient in them we shall end in certainties.

Men's thoughts are much according to their inclination 1 their discourse and speeches according to their learning and infused opinions.

Set it down to thyself as well to create good precedents as to follow them.

I had rather believe all the fables in the legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran than that this universal frame is without a mind

People of great position are servants times three servants of their country servants of fame and servants of business.

States as great engines move slowly.

Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.

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

If we do not maintain justice justice will not maintain us.

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

Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry.

Men commonly think according to their inclinations speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions but generally act according to custom

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