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The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before.
- Advancement of Learning (bk. II) [Sun]
But I account the use that a man should seek of the publishing of his own writings before his death, to be but an untimely anticipation of that which is proper to follow a man, and not to go along with him.
- An Advertisement Touching a Holy War--Epistle Dedicatory
Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.
- Aphorism III [Knowledge]
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
- quoted in Apothegm (97) [Age]
One of the Seven was wont to say: "That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through."
- Apothegms (no. 181) [Law]
Like strawberry wives, that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot, and all the rest were little ones.
- Apothegms (no. 54) [Strawberries]
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Certain Apophthegms of Lord Bacon (no. IV)
Acorns were good till bread was found.
- Colours of Good and Evil (6),
quoted from Juvenal's "Satires" (XIV, 181)
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
- De Augmentis (bk. I) [Certainty : Doubt]
Knowledge itself is power.
[Lat., Nam et ipsa scienta potestas est.]
- De Heresibus [Knowledge]
So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top.
[Lat., Adeo ut omnes imperii virga sive bacillum vere superius inflexum sit.]
- De Sapientia Veterum (6, Pan, sive Natura)
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
- Essay XLII--Of Youth and Age [Age]
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
- Essay--Of Studies [Books]
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity there is no excess, neither can angel or man come in danger by it.
- Essay--On Goodness [Charity]
(He) put that which was most material in the postscript.
- Essays (93), (Arber's ed.) [Post]
Come home to men's business and bosoms.
- Essays (dedication of edition 9)
It has been well said that "the arch-flatterer with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence is a man's self."
- quoted in Essays (X, On Love) [Flattery]
Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.
- Essays Civil and Moral--Of Vicissitude of Things
All this is but a web of the wit; it can work nothing.
- Essays on Empire [Law]
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
- Essays--Atheism [Philosophy]
And let him be sure to leave other men their turns to speak.
- Essays--Civil and Moral--Of Discourse
(no. 32) [Speech]
For it is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast.
- Essays--Civil and Moral--Of Friendship
There's a snake in the grass.
[Lat., Anguis sub viridi herba.]
- quoted in Essays--Of a King [Danger]
Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
- Essays--Of Adversity [Virtue]
I had rather believe all the fables in the Legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.
- Essays--Of Atheism [Mind]
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