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  1. Wise men make more opportunities than they find.


  2. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

    • wisdom

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


  4. The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.




  5. 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.

    • wisdom

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


  7. All colors will agree in the dark.


  8. The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.


  9. Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.


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


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


  12. Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.


  13. Silence is the virtue of fools.


  14. To choose time is to save time.


  15. The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.


  16. Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.


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


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


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


  20. Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.


  21. 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.


  22. There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

    • beauty

  23. Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.


  24. For knowledge itself is power.


  25. They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.


  26. If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.


  27. Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.


  28. He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both.


  29. I hold every man a debtor to his profession.


  30. It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.



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


  2. Picture quote by Francis Bacon about opportunities

    A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


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


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


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What are the best truth quotes by Francis Bacon?


    Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.


    What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.

    • truth

    Truth is a naked and open daylight

    • truth

    Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.


    It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.

    • truth

    Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.


    Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.


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


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What are the best friends quotes by Francis Bacon?


    The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

    • friends

    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.

    • age

    Without friends the world is but a wilderness. There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his grieves to his friend, but he grieveth the less.

    • friends

    Friends are thieves of time.

    • friends

    When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.


    Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

    • friends

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What are the best nature quotes by Francis Bacon?


    Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.


    Nature is commanded by obeying her.


    This is the foundation of all. We are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do.

    • nature

    We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

    • nature

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

    • nature

    Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

    • nature

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What are the best wisdom quotes by Francis Bacon?


    Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

    • wisdom

    Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

    • wisdom

    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.

    • wisdom

    It is impossible to love and to be wise.

    • wisdom

    There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.


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What are the best doubt quotes by Francis Bacon?


    Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.

    • doubt

    Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.

    • doubt

    Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men's heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.

    • doubt

    In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

    • doubt

    There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.

    • doubt

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God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasure.


Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.


Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.




Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.


A sudden bold and unexpected question does many times surprise a man and lay him open.

  • questions

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.


Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.


Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

  • extinguished

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.


Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.


Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.


Knowledge and human power are synonymous.

  • knowledge

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.


Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.


Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.


Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.


God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.


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


A good conscience is a continual feast.


The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.

  • wealth

Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.

  • truth

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.


Mysteries are due to secrecy.


They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.


Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.


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

  • age

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.


All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.


Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.


Cure the disease and kill the patient.


God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.


We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

  • nature

This is the foundation of all. We are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do.

  • nature

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.


None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.


The place of justice is a hallowed place.

  • justice

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.


In charity there is no excess.


Truth is a naked and open daylight

  • truth

The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.


Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.

  • justice

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


What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.

  • truth

Opportunity makes a thief.

  • opportunity

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

  • questions

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

  • advice

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.


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


Nature is commanded by obeying her.

  • nature

A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.


Acorns were good until bread was found.


I would live to study, and not study to live.


Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.


Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.


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


Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.

  • learning

In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties.


It is a strange desire, to seek power and lose liberty, or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self. The rising unto place is laborious, and by pains men come to greater pains, and it is sometimes base; and by indignities men come to dignities. The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing.


People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.


If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.


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


Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

  • art

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

  • authority

Riches are for spending.


Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.

  • fate

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

  • money

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.


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


Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

  • revenge

That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.


The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.


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


I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.

  • death

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.


Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.


Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.

  • atheism

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.


Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.


The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.


Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.


Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.


God's first creature, which was light.


The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.


Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.

  • learning

Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.


Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.

  • doubt

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


No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.

  • money

Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.

  • power

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

  • fiction

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

  • justice

Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns: children, women, old folks, sick folks.


It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.


It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.


No body can be healthful without exercise, neither natural body nor politic, and certainly, to a kingdom or estate, a just and honourable war is the true exercise.

  • war

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.


It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.

  • truth

By indignities men come to dignities.


There be three things which make a nation great and prosperous: a fertile soil, busy workshops, easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place.


It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.


Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.


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

  • nature

Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.


The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.


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.

  • advice

Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.

  • money

Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.


In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.


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


If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.


Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.


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.

  • death

If money be not they servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.

  • money

Without friends the world is but a wilderness. There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his grieves to his friend, but he grieveth the less.

  • friends

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.


He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public. He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question, when a man should marryA young man not yet, an elder man not at all.


It is impossible to love and to be wise.

  • wisdom

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.


Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.


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