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Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

Sir Francis Bacon
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Francis Bacon was the son of Nicolas Bacon, the Lord Keeper of the Seal of Elisabeth I. He entered Trinity College Cambridge at age 12. Bacon later described his tutors as "Men of sharp wits, shut up in their cells of a few authors, chiefly Aristotle, their Dictator." This is likely the beginning of Bacon's rejection of Aristotelianism and Scholasticism and the new Renaissance Humanism.

His father died when he was 18, and being the youngest son this left him virtually penniless. He turned to the law and at 23 he was already in the House of Commons. His rich relatives did little to advance his career and Elisabeth apparently distrusted him. It was not until James I became King ... more »

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  • ''Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Adversity," (1597-1625).
  • Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of the Law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him...
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Boldness," (1597-1625). Referring to a tradition relating to Muha...
  • ''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 (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Friendship," (1597-1625).
  • ''Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies," (1597-1625).
  • I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind; and, therefore, God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, bec...
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Atheism," (1597-1625).
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