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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There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark, and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales so is the other.

Severity breedeth fear, but roughness breedeth hate. Even reproofs from authority ought to be grave and not taunting.

Studies serve for delight for ornaments and for ability.

Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds they never fly by twilight.

He that defers his charity until he is dead is if a man weighs it rightly rather liberal of another man's goods than his own

New nobility is but the act of power but ancient nobility is the act of time.

The French are wiser than they seem and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.

My essays . . . come home to men's business and bosoms.

Money is a good servant but a bad master.

Natural abilities are like natural plants, they need pruning by study

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.

Discern of the coming on of years and think not to do the same things still, for age will not be defied.

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us on this side of the grave.

He that travelleth into a country, before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school and not to travel.

Cato said the best way to keep good acts in memory was to refresh them with new.

Choose the life that is most useful and habit will make it the most agreeable.

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair

Certainly it is the nature of extreme self-lovers as they will set an house on fire and it were but to roast their eggs.

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