Francis Bacon (1561-1626) quotes

 

  • A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
  • A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
  • Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
  • For also knowledge itself is power.
  • If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
  • If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
  • Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
  • In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
  • It is natural to die as to be born.
  • Knowledge is power.
  • Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
  • Opportunity makes a thief.
  • Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
  • Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
  • The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
  • The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
  • The place of justice is a hallowed place.
  • The remedy is worse then the disease.
  • The worst men often give the best advice.
  • The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
  • There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
  • Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.

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