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FRANCIS BACON
English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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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
        [Publishing]

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)
        [Anger]

Acorns were good till bread was found.
      - Colours of Good and Evil (6),
        quoted from Juvenal's "Satires" (XIV, 181)
        [Eating]

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)
        [Government]

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)
        [Business]

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
        [Learning]

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
        [Society]

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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