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Sir Francis Bacon Quotes


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I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
[Stroke]
 

I had rather believe all the fables in the Talmud and the Koran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.
[God]
 

I have taken all knowledge to by my province.
 

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
[Occupation]
 

I knew a wise man who had for a byword, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, stay a little, that we may come to the end sooner.
[Moderation]
 

I take all knowledge to be my province.
[Knowledge]
 

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
[Age]
 

I would live to study, not study to live.
 

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.
 

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.
[Hospitality]
 

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.
[Opportunity]
 

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
[Begin]
 

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
[Science]
 

If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of the church and state.
[Family]
 

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
 

If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
 

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
 

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
[Humor]
 

In charity there is no excess.
 

In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
[Doubt]
 


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