Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

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Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

A man cannot speak to his son but as a father, to his wife but as a husband, to his enemy but upon terms, whereas a friend may speak as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person.

Certainly it is a heaven upon earth to have a man's mind to move in charity, rest in providence and turn upon the poles of truth.

A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war

In taking revenge a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over he is superior.

Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.

Champagne for my sham friends, real pain for my real friends.

Travel in the younger sort is a part of education, in the elder a part of experience.

In counsel it is good to see dangers, but in execution not to see them unless they be very great.

Boldness is a child of ignorance

Truth is so hard to tell it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism because his ordinary works convince it.

Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.

People of age object too much consult too long adventure too little repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

Riches are for spending.

A man's nature runs either to herbs or to weeds, therefore let him seasonably water the one and destroy the other.

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