Francis Bacon


English Scientist, Author, Philosopher

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To take advice of some few friends is ever honorable; for lookers-on many times see more than gamesters; and the vale best discovereth the hill. There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals, which was wont to be magnified. That that is, is between superior and inferior, whose fortunes may comprehend the one the other.

Truth more easily comes out of error than out of confusion.

We cannot too often think, that there is a never sleeping eye that reads the heart, and registers our thoughts.

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 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 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 man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.

The only really interesting thing is

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

The true atheist is he whose hands are cauterized by holy things.

The world Â’s a bubble, and the life of man less than a span.

There be so many false points of praise that a man may justly hold it a suspect. Some praises proceed merely of flattery; and if he be an ordinary flatterer, he will have certain common attributes, which may serve every man: if he be a cunning flatterer, he will follow the arch-flatterer, which is a man’s self, and wherein a man thinketh best of himself therein the flatterer will uphold him most: but if he be an impudent flatterer, look wherein a man is conscious to himself that he is most defective, and is most out of countenance in himself, that will the flatterer entitle him to perforce, “spreta conscientia.”

There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.

There never was law, or sect, or opinion did so magnify goodness as the Christian religion doth.

They have in Turkey a drink called coffee, made of a berry of the same name. This drink comforteth the brain and heart, and helpeth digestion.

This kingdom hath been famous for good literature; and if preferment attend deservers, there will not want supplies.

The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools, and arguments are fitted to practice in a reversed order.

The partitions of knowledge are not like several lines that meet in one angle, and so touch not in a point; but are like branches of a tree, that meet in a stem, which hath a dimension and quantity of entireness and continuance, before it come to discontinue and break itself into arms and boughs.

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English Scientist, Author, Philosopher