Francis Bacon

1561 - 1626

A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on discretion and speech

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on assumptions, caring, company, difficulty, earth, nature, and separation

Over a century after the publication of the Copernican system, one of England's most renowned intellectual luminaries was still unconvinced: "Nevertheless, in the system of Copernicus there are found many and great inconveniences; for both the loading of the earth with a triple motion is very incommodious, and the separation of the sun from the company of the planets, with which it has so many passions in common, is likewise a difficulty, and the introduction of so much immobility in nature, by representing the sun and stars as immovable, especially being of all bodies the highest and most radiant, and making the moon revolve about the earth in an epicycle, and some other assumptions of his, are the speculations of one who cares not what fictions he introduces into nature, provided his calculations answer."

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Descriptio Globi Intellectualis, 1653

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on nature and understanding

The eye of understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or levels, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Sylva Sylvarum, 1627

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on fame

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Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Essays. Of Praise

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on fame and good

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Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on facts, force, and men

Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on fear

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Nothing is to be feared but fear.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on enemies, forgiveness, and friendship

Of perfidious friends: 'We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.'

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Apothegms

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on deception, fortune, and good

Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good Fortune deceived not

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on death, evil, and thought

I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: An Essay on Death

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