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Francis Bacon Quotes

(1561-1626), British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.

Category: Doubt

Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.

Category: Doubt

Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men's heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.

Category: Doubt

In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Category: Doubt

None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.

Category: Envy

Riches are for spending.

Category: Excess

Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.

Category: Facts

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.

Category: Fame

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Category: Fame

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Category: Family

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.

Category: Fate

Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.

Category: Fate

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Category: Forgiveness

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Category: Fortune

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

Category: Friends And Friendship