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Sir Francis Bacon Quotes


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Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
[Fame]
 

Good thoughts, though God accept them, yet toward men are little better than good dreams except they be put in action.
[Action]
 

Great effects come of industry and perseverance; for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds.
[Perseverance]
 

Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically directed, it will be as it were the ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly.
[Habit]
 

He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
 

He that cometh to seek after knowledge with a mind to scorn and censure shall be sure to find matter for his humor, but none for his instruction.
 

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

He that follows nature is never out of his way. Nature is sometimes subdued, but seldom extinguished.
[Nature]
 

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.
[Advice]
 

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
 

He that hath wife and children, hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity.
[Marriage]
 

He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
[Revenge]
 

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
[Change]
 

He who cannot contract the sight of his mind, as well as dilate it, wants a great talent in life.
[Mind]
 

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
[Study]
 

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
[Hope]
 

Hope is the most beneficial of all the affections, and doth much to the prolongation of life, if it be not too often frustrated; but entertaineth the fancy with an expectation of good.
[Hope]
 

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
[Architecture]
 

I am of opinion that, unless you could bray Christianity in a mortar, and mould it into a new paste, there is no possibility of a holy war.
[War]
 

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.
[Riches]
 


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