Francis Bacon Quotes

204 Francis Bacon quotes:

"Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress."
"A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner."
"Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws."
"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world."
"If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us."
"Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out."
"The remedy is worse than the disease."
"We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do."
"The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding."
"There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying."
"Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity."
"Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall."
"Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible."
"The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears."
"Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business."
"For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages."
"He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief."
"Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance."
"Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion."
"The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil."

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