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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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They that deny a God destroy man's nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, his is a base and ignoble creature.
      - Essays--Of Atheism [God]

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
      - Essays--Of Beauty [Virtue]

Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again, and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, "If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill."
      - Essays--Of Boldness [Faith : Policy]

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
      - Essays--Of Building [Architecture]

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.
      - Essays--Of Counsel [Trust]

There is a cunning which we in England call the turning of the cat in the pan.
      - Essays--Of Cunning [Deceit]

It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
      - Essays--Of Death [Death]

Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
      - Essays--Of Death [Death]

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.
      - Essays--Of Discourse [Speech]

Princes are like to heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times; and which have much veneration, but no rest.
      - Essays--Of Empire [Royalty]

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune: for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
      - Essays--Of Fortune [Fortune]

Because indeed there was never law, or sect, or opinion, did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.
      - Essays--Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature
        [Goodness]

There was never law, or set, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.
      - Essays--Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature
        [Religion]

Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
      - Essays--Of Judicature [Judges]

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
      - Essays--Of Marriage and Single Life
        [Matrimony]

A man's nature, runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
      - Essays--Of Nature in Men [Culture]

A man's own observation, what he find good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health.
      - Essays--Of Regimen of Health [Medicine]

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
      - Essays--Of Studies [Education : Study]

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
      - Essays--Of Studies [Learning : Reading]

But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.
      - Essays--Of Truth [Truth]

We see spiders, flies or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.
      - Historia Vitoe et Mortis [Flies]

Vices of the time; vices of the man.
  [Lat., Vitia temporis; vitia hominis.]
      - Humble Submission and Supplication to the Lords of Parliament
        [Vice]

Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.
      - Libraries [Libraries]

If I had always served God as I have served you, Madam, I should not have great account to render at my death.
      - Life and Times of Francis the First
         (vol. I, p. 46, of ed. 2) [Service]

Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow, the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though drawn by a child.
      - Life of Johnson (vol. 4, p. 80) [Argument]


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