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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Truth is a good dog, but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.

Virtue is like precious odours - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

What is it then to have or have no wife / But single thraldom or a double strife?

Silence is the virtue of fools.

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.

Reading maketh a full man.

In nature things move violently to their place and calmly in their place

In superstition wise men follow fools

The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky, which is a number of smaller stars not seen asunder but giving light together, so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues or rather faculties and customs that make men fortunate.


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