Quotes by: Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon
Portrait of Bacon by Frans Pourbus (1617),
Palace on the Water in Warsaw
Born 22 January 1561
Strand, London, England
Died 9 April 1626 (aged 65)
Highgate, Middlesex, England
Nationality English
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
University of Poitiers
Era English Renaissance, The Scientific Revolution
Region Western philosophy
School Renaissance Philosophy, Empiricism
Main interests
Natural philosophy
Philosophical logic

It is a true rule that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque or with an inward and secret contempt.
Francis Bacon
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.
Francis Bacon
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Francis Bacon
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Francis Bacon
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Francis Bacon
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
Francis Bacon
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
Francis Bacon
Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns: children, women, old folks, sick folks.
Francis Bacon
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Francis Bacon
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
Francis Bacon
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Francis Bacon
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
Francis Bacon
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
Francis Bacon
The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
Francis Bacon
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