The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections... What a man had rather were true he more readily believes.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Novum Organum (1620)
Contributed by: Zaady
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
Source: Essays. Of Suspicion
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man.
Source: Essays. Goodness, and Goodness of Nature
It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely.
He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing
When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.
It is yet a higher speech of his [Seneca] than the other, . . . 'It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God.'
Source: Essays. Of Adversity
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