Francis Bacon

1561 - 1626

A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on men

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The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains; and it is sometimes base, and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Essays. Of Great Place

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on glory, god, men, nature, perception, secrets, and simplicity

Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God, part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon

Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Essays. Of Wisdom for a Man’s Self

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on ancestry and worth

They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on silence and virtue

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on information, kindness, learning, meditation, philosophy, secrets, thought, truth, and water

For it is esteemed a kind of dishonour unto learning to descend to inquiry or meditation upon matters mechanical, except they be such as may be thought secrets, rarities, and special subtleties, which humour of vain supercilious arrogancy is justly derided in Plato. . . . But the truth is, they be not the highest instances that give the securest information; as may well be expressed in the tale . . . of the philosopher, that while he gazed upwards to the stars fell into the water; for if he had looked down he might have seen the stars in the water, but looking aloft he could not see the water in the stars. So it cometh often to pass, that mean and small things discover great, better than great can discover the small.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: The Advancement of Learning, J.M. Dent and Son, London, England, 1973, pp 71-72.

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on friendship, sincerity, and solitude

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarium

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on justice, kindness, laws, nature, and revenge

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Essays. Of Revenge

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on certainty and revenge

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on disease and remedies

The remedy is worse than the disease.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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