Francis Bacon


English Scientist, Author, Philosopher

Author Quotes

When children have been exposed, or taken away young, and afterwards have approached to their parentsÂ’ presence, the parents, though they have not known them, have had a secret joy, or other alteration, thereupon.

Whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship, he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity.

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

When factions are carried too high and too violently, it is a sign of weakness in princes, and much to the prejudice both of their authority and business. The motions of factions under kings ought to be like the motions (as the astronomers speak) of the inferior orbs, which may have their proper motions, but yet still are quietly carried by the higher motion of “primum mobile.”

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

You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint.

When he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter.

Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold?

You had better take for business a man somewhat absurd, than over-formal.

When things are come to the execution, there is no secrecy comparable to celerity.

Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me?

You may observe that amongst all the great and worthy persons (whereof the memory remaineth, either ancient or recent) there is not one that hath been transported to the mad degree of love,—which shows that great spirits and great business do keep out this weak passion. You must except, nevertheless, Marcus Antoninus, the half-partner of the empire of Rome, and Appius Claudius, the decemvir and lawgiver.

When you wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires. This is not caused by any natural defect, but first for want of election, when you, having a large and fruitful mind, should not so much labor what to speak as to find what to leave unspoken. Rich soils are often to be weeded.

Wisdom in speaking more valuable than fluency.

You see, painting has now become, or all art has now become completely a game, by which man distracts himself. What is fascinating actually is, that it's going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to become any good at all.

Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.

Wisdom in the converse is more valuable than eloquence.

You want accuracy, but not representation. If you know how to make the figuration, it doesn't work. Anything you can make, you make by accident. In painting, you have to know what you do, not how, when you do it.

What is it then to have or have no wife, but single thraldom, or a double strife?

Whereas men have many reasons to persuade, to use them all at once weakeneth them. For it argueth a neediness in every one of the reasons, as if one did not trust to any of them, but fled from one to another.

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business: for the experience of age, in things that fall within the compass of it, directeth them: but in new things abuseth them. The errors of young men are the ruin of business; but the errors of aged men amount but to this, that more might have been done, or sooner. Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end without consideration of the means and degrees; pursue some few principles which they have chanced upon absurdly; care not to innovate, which draws unknown inconveniences; use extreme remedies at first; and, that which doubleth all errors, will not acknowledge or retract them,—like an unready horse, that will neither stop nor turn.

What is more kindly than the feeling between host and guest? If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but a continent that joins them.

Whereas they have sacrificed to themselves, they become sacrificers to the inconstancy of fortune, whose wings they thought, by their self-wisdom, to have pinioned.

Wise people make history, poetry makes people fluent tongue, making the ingenious mathematics, philosophy leads people to think in, makes people behave morally earnest, logic and science of speech makes people come forward and speak.

Author Picture
First Name
Last Name
Birth Date
Death Date

English Scientist, Author, Philosopher