Poesy was ever thought to have some participation of divineness, because it doth raise and erect the mind, by submitting the shows of things to the desires of the mind; whereas reason doth buckle and bow the mind unto the nature of things.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Advancement of Learning
Contributed by: Zaady
A dance is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech.
Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Source: Essays. Of Fortune
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Source: Essays. Of Ceremonies and Respects
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.
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