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A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
by 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

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is power.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

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

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy;
but in passing it over,
he is superior.
- Francis Bacon

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments,
and for ability.
- Francis Bacon

The worst men often give the best advice.
- Francis Bacon

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on:
therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
- Francis Bacon

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches,
and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
- 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

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
- Francis Bacon

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public,
have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
- Francis Bacon

Who questions much, shall learn much,
and retain much.
- Francis Bacon

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall;
the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
- Francis Bacon

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen,
so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
- 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

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

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

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

Science is but an image of the truth.
- Francis Bacon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Francis Bacon

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves
is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
- Francis Bacon

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences,
for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times
surprise a man and lay him open.
- 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

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind,
goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity;
and without it,
man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
- Francis Bacon

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon

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

Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
- Francis Bacon

People usually think according to their inclinations,
speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions,
but generally act according to custom.
- Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- 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

The remedy is worse than the disease.
- 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

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

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of
history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon

Natural abilities are like natural plants,
that need pruning by study; and studies themselves
do give forth directions too much at large,
except they be bounded in by experience.
- 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

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

Opportunity makes a thief.
- Francis Bacon

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

It is as natural to die as to be born;
and to a little infant,
perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
- Francis Bacon

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


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