Francis Bacon


English Scientist, Author, Philosopher

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To pass from theological and philosophical truth to the truth of civil business, it will be acknowledged, even by those who practise it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of manÂ’s nature, and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it: for these winding and crooked courses are the goings of the serpent: which goeth basely upon the belly, and not upon the feet.

Truth is a naked and open daylight, Truth which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the enquiry of truth, which is the love-making or wooing of it, and the belief of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.

Virtue is best in a body that hath rather dignity of presence than beauty of aspect. The beautiful prove accomplished, but not of great spirit; and study, for the most part, rather behaviour than virtue.

Time is the author of authors.

Time is the measure of business as money is of wares; and business is bought at a dear hand where there is small dispatch. The Spartans and Spaniards have been noted to be of small despatch, and hence the maxim, Let my death come from Spain; for then it will be long in coming.

Time is the measure of business.

Time, which is the author of authors.

Times glory is to calm contending Kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.

To be distracted with many opinions, makes men to be of the last impression, and full of change.

Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface.

Three means to fortify belief are experience, reason, and authority. Of these the more potent is authority; for belief upon reason or experience will stagger.

Thousands have been my sins, and ten thousands my transgressions, but thy sanctifications have remained with me, and my heart, through thy grace, hath been an unquenched coal upon thine altar.

Those who want friends to whom to open their griefs, are cannibals of their own hearts.

The law of nature teaches me to speak in my own defense. If, however, it is absolutely necessary the King's Will shall be obeyed. I am ready to make an Oblation of myself to the King in whose hands I am as clay to be made a vessel of honor or dishonor.

The nature of everything is best considered in the seed.

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.

The Tables of First Presentation and the Rejection or process of Exclusion being completed, and also the First Vintage being made thereupon, we are to proceed to the other helps of the understanding in the Interpretation of Nature and true and perfect Induction. In propounding which, I mean, when Tables are necessary, to proceed upon the Instances of Heat and Cold; but when a smaller number of examples will suffice, I shall proceed at large; so that the inquiry may be kept clear, and yet more room be left for the exposition of the system.

The ways to enrich are many, and most of them foul. Parsimony is one of the best, and yet is not innocent; for it withholdeth men from works of liberality and charity.

There are two ways of spreading light... to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer; for there is no such flatterer as a man's self, and there is no such remedy against flattery of a man's self as the liberty of a friend.

There is the supreme and indissoluble consanguinity between men, of which the heathen poet saith, we are all His generation.

They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.

This is a flourish: there follow excellent parables: as that she gathereth strength in going; that she goeth upon the ground, and yet hideth her head in the clouds; that in the daytime she sitteth in a watch-tower, and flieth most by night; that she mingleth things done with things not done; and that she is a terror to great cities.

The less people speak of their greatness the more we think of it.

The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom.

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English Scientist, Author, Philosopher