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Little do men perceive what solitude is,
by Francis Bacon

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

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Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
- Francis Bacon

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
- Francis Bacon

 

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

Those that want friends to open themselves unto
are cannibals of their own hearts.
- Francis Bacon

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

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Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
- Francis Bacon

God Almighty first planted a garden.
And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
- Francis Bacon

Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
- Francis Bacon

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

Things alter for the worse spontaneously,
if they be not altered for the better designedly.
- Francis Bacon

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark;
and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales,
so is the other.
- Francis Bacon

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education;
in the elder,
a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
- Francis Bacon

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not;
a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
- Francis Bacon

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
- Francis Bacon

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land,
when they can see nothing but sea.
- Francis Bacon

I will never be an old man.
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils;
for time is the greatest innovator.
- Francis Bacon

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
adversity is the blessing of the New.
- Francis Bacon

But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life
it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
- Francis Bacon

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome,
seldom extinguished.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us,
on this side of the grave.
- Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to,
the more ought law to weed it out.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
- Francis Bacon

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
- Francis Bacon

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
- Francis Bacon

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
- Francis Bacon

It is natural to die as to be born.
- Francis Bacon

It is impossible to love and to be wise.
- Francis Bacon

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

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty,
more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident.
Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
- Francis Bacon

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
- Francis Bacon

The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Francis Bacon

There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic:
a man's own observation what he finds good of and what
he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
- Francis Bacon

People have discovered that they can fool the devil;
but they can't fool the neighbors.
- Francis Bacon

Fortitude is the marshal of thought,
the armor of the will,
and the fort of reason.
- Francis Bacon

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers,
it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- Francis Bacon

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,
and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is
more than to speak in good words,
or in good order.
- Francis Bacon

Lies are sufficient to breed opinion,
and opinion brings on substance.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism,
but larger amounts bring us back to God.
- Francis Bacon

It is a strange desire, to seek power,
and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others,
and to lose power over a man's self.
- Francis Bacon

Many a man's strength is in opposition,
and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
- Francis Bacon

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please
or displease only in the memory.
- Francis Bacon

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
- Francis Bacon

Seek ye first the good things of the mind,
and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
- Francis Bacon

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
- Francis Bacon

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning
the soul to good or evil.
- Francis Bacon

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
- Francis Bacon

It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
- Francis Bacon

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others,
that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
- Francis Bacon

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.
- Francis Bacon

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

God's first creature, which was light.
- Francis Bacon

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age,
and old men's nurses.
- Francis Bacon

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man;
and writing an exact man.
- Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
- Francis Bacon

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits,
but not when it misses.
- Francis Bacon


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