Francis Bacon Quotes

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Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Francis Bacon (Of Adversity, 1625)
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
Francis Bacon (The New Organon - Book I, 1620)
Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
Francis Bacon (attributed)
Nothing is terrible except fear itself.
Francis Bacon (De Augmentis Scientiarum - Book II, 1623)
Men fear death as children to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
Francis Bacon (Of Death, 1625)
To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
Suffering has its limits, but fear none.
Francis Bacon (Of Seditions and Troubles, 1625)
No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
Francis Bacon (Of Truth, 1625)
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.
Francis Bacon (The Advancement of Learning - Book I, 1605)
By far the best proof is experience.
Francis Bacon (The New Organon, 1620)
The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
Francis Bacon (Essex's Device, 1595)
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
Francis Bacon (Of Anger, 1625)
Human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.
Francis Bacon (The New Organon - Book I, 1620)
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
Francis Bacon (Of Adversity, 1625)
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon (Of Ceremonies and Respects, 1625)
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
Francis Bacon (The Advancement of Learning, 1605)
Science is but an image of the truth. 
Francis Bacon
Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time.
Francis Bacon (Of Anger, 1625)
Hurl your calumnies boldly; something is sure to stick.
Francis Bacon (De Augmentis Scientiarum, 1623)
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
Francis Bacon (The Advancement of Learning, 1605)
Death hath this also; that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy.
Francis Bacon (Of Death, 1625)
Toward the effecting of works, all that man can do is to put together or put asunder natural bodies. The rest is done by nature working within.
Francis Bacon (The New Organon - Book I, 1620)
In charity there is no excess.
Francis Bacon (Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature, 1612)
The world's a bubble, and the life of man.. less than a span.
Francis Bacon (The World, 1629)
Who then to frail mortality shall trust
But limns the water, or but writes in dust.
Francis Bacon (The World, 1629)
What then remains but that we still should cry
Not to be born, or, being born, to die?
Francis Bacon (The World, 1629)
But words plainly force and overrule the understanding, and throw all into confusion, and lead men away into numberless empty controversies and idle fancies.
Francis Bacon (The New Organon - Book I, 1620)
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon (Of Parents and Children, 1612)
Virtue is like precious odours, - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
Francis Bacon (Of Adversity, 1625)
But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this - that men despair and think things impossible.
Francis Bacon (The New Organon - Book I, 1620)
Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted.
Francis Bacon (The Advancement of Learning - Book II, 1605)
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Francis Bacon Biography

Born: January 22, 1561
Died: April 9, 1626

Sir Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, writer, scientist, and lawyer. He has had an big influence on philosophy and science. He has also been called as the father of empiricism.

Notable Works

Essays (1597)
The Proficience and Advancement of Learning (1605)
The Wisdom of the Ancients (1619)
Novum Organum (1620)
New Atlantis (1626)

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