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Sir Francis Bacon Quotes


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It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.
 

It is said of untrue valors, that some men's valors are in the eyes of them that look on.
[Valor]
 

It was justly said by Themistocles that speech is like tapestry unfolded, where the imagery appears distinct; but thoughts, like tapestry in the bale, where the figures are rolled up together.
[Speech]
 

It was prettily devised of Aesop that the fly sat upon the axletree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise! So are there some vain persons that, whatsoever goeth alone or moveth upon greater means, if they have never so little hand in it, they think it is they that carry it.
[Vanity]
 

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
 

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
[Justice]
 

Judges ought to remember, that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare; to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law.
 

Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
[Knowledge]
 

Knowledge is not a couch whereon to rest a searching and restless spirit; or a terrace for a wandering mind to walk up and down with a fair prospect; or a tower of state for a proud mind to raise itself upon; or a sort of commanding ground for strife and contention; or a shop for profit and sale; but  a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of man's estate.
[Knowledge]
 

Knowledge is power.
[Knowledge]
 

Knowledge may not be as a courtesan, for pleasure and vanity only; or as a bondswoman, to acquire and gain for her master's use; but as a spouse, for generation, fruit, and comfort.
[Knowledge]
 

Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense, without prejudice, till you resolve.
[Learning]
 

Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.
[Libraries]
 

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
 

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
 

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
[Loneliness]
 

Logic and rhetoric make men able to contend.-Logic differeth from rhetoric as the fist from the palm; the one close, the other at large.
[Logic]
 

Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.
 

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
 

Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
[Power]
 


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