Francis Bacon Quotes

204 Francis Bacon quotes:

"It is natural to die as to be born."
"The worst solitude is to have no real friendships."
"What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer."
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
"They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils."
"Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter."
"But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on."
"The place of justice is a hallowed place."
"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."
"Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory."
"Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid."
"God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires."
"Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."
"God's first creature, which was light."
"Knowledge and human power are synonymous."
"Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use."
"The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate."
"Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes."
"As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time."
"Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much."

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