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Sir Francis Bacon Quotes


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The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
 

The kingdom of Israel was first rent and broken by ill counsel; upon which there are set, for our instruction, the two marks whereby bad counsel is ever best discerned-that it was young counsel for the persons, and violent counsel for the matter.
 

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes a wrong one ... the more active and swift the latter is, the further he will go astray.
[Decisions]
 

The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools.
[Superstition]
 

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
[Art]
 

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
 

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
 

The place of justice is a hallowed place.
 

The pleasure and delight of knowledge far surpasseth all other in nature. We see in all other pleasures there is satiety; and after they be used, their verdure departeth, which showeth well that they be but deceits of pleasure, and not pleasures; and that it was the novelty which pleased, not the quality; and therefore we see that voluptuous men turn friars, and ambitious princes turn melancholy. But of knowledge there is no satiety, but satisfaction and appetite are perpetually interchangeable.
[Knowledge]
 

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.
[Medicine]
 

The remedy is worse than the disease.
 

The reverence of man's self, is, nest to religion, the chiefest bridle of all vices.
 

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
 

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
 

The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.
[Virtue]
 

The surest way to prevent seditions is to take away the matter of them; for if there be fuel prepared, it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire.
[Revolution]
 

The virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in mortals is the heroical virtue.
 

The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in morals is the heroical virtue.
[Prosperity]
 

The way of fortune is like the milky-way in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
[Fortune]
 

The winning of honor, is but the revealing of a man's virtue and worth, without disadvantage.
 


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