The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
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Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight.
Source: Essays. Of Suspicion
That which above all other yields the sweetest smell in the air is the violet.
Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom.
All colors will agree in the dark.
Source: Essays. Of Unity of Religion
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
It was prettily devised of Aesop, 'The fly sat upon the axletree of the chariot-wheel and said, what a dust do I raise.'
Source: Essays. Of Vain-Glory
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
Source: Essays. Of Beauty
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Source: Advancement of Learning, book 2, chapter 7 (1605)
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.
Source: Essays: Of Friendship (1597-1625)
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