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Francis Bacon Quotes

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

It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.

Category: Truth

Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.

Category: Truth

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

Category: Trying

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.

Category: Variety

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Category: Virtue

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.

Category: Wealth

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

Category: Wisdom

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Category: Wisdom

For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.

Category: Wisdom

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.

Category: Youth