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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Fortune his like the market where many times if you can stay a little the price will fall

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds they ever fly by twilight.

Little do men perceive what solitude is and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal where there is no love.

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

If money be not they servant it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth as that may be said to possess him.

It is nothing won to admit men with an open door yet to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance.

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth and that a man giveth himself as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

When you wander as you often delight to do you wander indeed and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires. This is not caused by any natural defect but first for want of election when you having a large and fruitful mind should not so much labour what to speak as to find what to leave unspoken. Rich soils are often to be weeded.

The place of justice is a hallowed place

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

Princes are like to heavenly bodies which cause good or evil times and which have much veneration but no rest.

Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.

The Trinitarian believes a virgin to be the mother of a son who is her maker.

Truth is the daughter of time not of authority

If the hill will not come to Mahomet Mahomet will go to the hill.

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.

In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits but not when it misses.

There be three things which make a nation great and prosperous: a fertile soil busy workshops easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place

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