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Sir Francis Bacon Quotes


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Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.
 

Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
 

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
[Virtue]
 

Virtue is like precious odors - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
 

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
 

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
[Nature]
 

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

We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom, and certainly there is a great difference between a cunning man and a wise man, not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability.
[Cunning]
 

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
 

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

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

When the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further. But when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must fly to Providence and Deity.
[God]
 

When the soul resolves to perform every duty, immediately it is conscious of the presence of God.
[Duty]
 

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
 

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
 

Who taught the parrot his Welcome? Who taught the raven in a drought to throw pebbles into a hollow tree where she espied water, that the water might rise so as she might come to it? Who taught the bee to sail through such a vast sea of air, and to find the way from a flower in a field to her hive? Who taught, the ant to bite every grain of corn that she burieth in her hill, lest it should take root and grow?
 

Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
[Impatience]
 

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

Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing; it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house some time before it fall; it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him; it is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
[Wisdom]
 

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
 


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