The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Contributed by: Zaady
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
Source: The Advancement of Learning, 1605
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Source: Essays. Of Marriage and Single Life
And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.
Source: Advancement of Learning book 2; De Augmentis book 3.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Source: Essays: Of Seditions and Troubles (1597-1625)
Money is a good servant but a bad master.
If money be not thy 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.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome seldom extinguished.
Source: Essays, "Of Nature in Men," 1610
Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
Source: Essays. Of Death
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