Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

— Francis Bacon

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Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.


There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.


Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Francis Bacon quote People must not turn into bees, and kill

People must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.


Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted.

.. but to weigh and consider.


Wise men make more opportunities than they find.


Let the mind be enlarged... to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind

Francis Bacon quote A wise man will make more opportunities

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.


Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.


He that gives good advice, builds with one hand;

he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

Francis Bacon quote Some books are to be tasted, others to b

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.


Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.


A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.


Age appears to be best in four things;

old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Francis Bacon quote In taking revenge, a man is but even wit

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


About Francis Bacon

Quotes 675 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Philosopher
Birthday January 22, 1561

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study;

and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.


Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.


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


The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.


The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.


The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.


The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.


There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.


Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not;

a sense of humor to console him for what he is.


Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.


The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.


They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.


A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.


If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.


the serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself.


Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.


Some men covet knowledge out of a natural curiosity and inquisitive temper;

some to entertain the mind with variety and delight; some for ornament and reputation; some for victory and contention; many for lucre and a livelihood; and but few for employing the Divine gift of reason to the use and benefit of mankind.


The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.


The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green.


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


We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.


The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.


Laws and Institutions Must Go Hand in Hand with the Progress of the Human Mind.


It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less.


I loathe my own face, and I've done self-portraits because I've had nobody else to do.


A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.


In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts.


God loveth the clean.


Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.


There is a cunning which we in England call the rning of the cat in the pan.


God's first creature, which was light.


I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail, leaving a trail of the human presence and memory trace of past events, as the snail leaves its slime.


Atheism leads a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation: all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue.


There is a cunning which we in England call "the turning of the cat" in the pan;

which is, when that which a man says to another, he says it as if another had said it to him.


The worst solitute is to be destitute of true friendship.