Sir Francis Bacon Quotations

Sir Francis Bacon

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand -- and melting like a snowflake.

Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.

Boldness is a child of ignorance.

Chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.

In charity there is no excess.

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire, and many things to fear.

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

It is the nature of extreme self-lovers, as they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs.

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.

Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom.

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

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

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

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

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

Riches are for spending.

Silence is the virtue of fools.

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and a flatterer.

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.

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

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

Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion.

When should a man marry? A young man, not yet; an elder man, not at all.