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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I do not believe that any man fears to be dead but only the stroke of death.

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes a wrong one. Nay it is obvious that the more active and swift the latter is the further he will go astray.

If a man will begin with certainties he shall end in doubts: but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

We cannot too often think there is a never sleeping eye which reads the heart and registers our thoughts

In charity there is no excess.

There is nothing makes a man suspect much more than to know little.

Sir Amice Pawlet when he saw too much haste made in any matter was wont to say "Stay a while that we may make an end the sooner

The four pillars of government . . . (which are religion justice counsel and treasure).

There be that can pack the cards and yet cannot play well.

What then remains but that we still should cry / Not to be born or being born to die?

Histories make men wise, poets witty, the mathematics subtle, natural philosophy deep, moral grave, logic and rhetoric able to contend.

Poesy was ever thought to have some participation of divineness because it doth raise and erect the mind by submitting the shews of things to the desires of the mind.

The pleasure and delight of knowledge and learning it far surpasseth all other in nature

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green.

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty more reverent than plausible and more advised than confident. Above all things integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

Ask a counsel of both times-of the ancient time what is best and of the latter time what is fittest

Life an age to the miserable and a moment to the happy.

Of great riches there is no real use except in the distribution, the rest is but conceit

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