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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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Who then to frail mortality shall trust, But limns the water or but writes in dust.

The desire for power in excess caused angels to fall, the desire for knowledge in excess caused man to fall, but in charity is no excess, neither can man or angels come in danger by it.

For my name and memory I leave it to men's charitable speeches to foreign nations and to the next ages.

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences; whence it is bad in council though good in execution.

Mark what a generosity and courage a dog will put on when he finds himself maintained by a man who, to him, is instead of a God

But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on

History makes people wise.

Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.

Whence we see spiders flies or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber a more than royal tomb.

As in nature things move violently to their place and calmly in their place so virtue in ambition is violent in authority settled and calm.

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others that write what men do and not what they ought to do.

Decided cases are the anchors of the law as laws are of the state

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

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