Francis Bacon


English Scientist, Author, Philosopher

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Love is ever rewarded with the reciprocal, or with an inward and secret contempt.

Lucid intervals and happy pauses.

It is good discretion not to make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.

It is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends, without which the world is but a wilderness; and even in this scene also of solitude, whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity.

In terms of religion, it is man’s duty to continue his quest for truth, especially with regard to the afterlife.

Is the ultimate purpose of life on Earth to evolve spirit out of matter?

If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.

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

I cannot call riches by a better name than the "baggage" of virtue; the Roman word is better, "impediment." For as the baggage is to an army, so are riches to virtue. It cannot be spared or left behind, and yet it hindereth the march; yea, and the care of it sometimes loseth or disturbeth the victory. Of great riches there is no real use, except in the distribution; the rest is but conceit.

He that defers his charity until he is dead is, if a man weighs it rightly, rather liberal of another man’s good than his own.

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.

For truth is rightly named the daughter of time, not of authority.

Goodness answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess but error. The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. But in charity there is no excess; neither can angel or man come in danger by it.

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.

Duty is subdivided into two parts: the common duty of every man, as a man or member of a state; the other, the respective or special duty of every man, in his profession, vocation, and place.

Custom is the most perfect when it beginneth in young years: this we call education; which is, in effect, but an early custom.

Crafty men condemn studies; simple men admire them; and wise men use them.

But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far its extendeth. 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.

Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; it is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort.

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

As threshing separates the corn from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.

A man that hath no virtue in himself ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope to attain to another's virtue, will seek to come at even hand by depressing another's fortune.

As it asketh some knowledge to demand a question not impertinent, so it requireth some sense to make a wish not absurd.

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English Scientist, Author, Philosopher