Francis Bacon


English Scientist, Author, Philosopher

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When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.

Who then to frail mortality shall trust but limns the water, or but writes in dust.

Without good-nature, man is but a better kind of vermin.

When a judge departs from the letter of the law he becomes a lawbreaker.

Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.

Women to govern men, slaves freemen, are much in the same degree; all being total violations and perversions of the laws of nature and nations.

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

Whoseoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Certain it is that the light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment.

Wonder is the seed of knowledge

When any of the four pillars of government are mainly shaken or weakened--which are religion, justice, counsel and treasure--men need to pray for fair weather.

Whosoever hath his mind fraught with many thoughts, his wits and understanding do clarify and break up in communicating and discoursing with another: he tosseth his thoughts more easily; he marshalleth them more orderly: he seeth how they look when they are turned into words: finally, he waxeth wiser than himself; and that more by an hourÂ’s discourse than by a dayÂ’s meditation.

Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment.

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.

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English Scientist, Author, Philosopher