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 ... 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Marriage and Single Life," (1597-1625).
  • ''If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from others lands, but a continent that joins to them.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature," (1597-1625).
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  • Joshua Aaron Guillory (12/12/2017 6:16:00 PM)

    ''Those who have true skill in the works of the Lord Verulam, like great Masters in Painting, can tell by the Design, the Strength, the way of Colouring, whether he was the Author of this or the other Piece, though his Name be not to it.'' - Archbishop Tenison (1636 - 1731) 'Baconiana or Certaine Genuine Remains of Sir Francis Bacon'

  • Joshua Aaron Guillory (11/4/2017 2:29:00 PM)

    ''To write with powerful effect, he must write out the life he has led, as did Bacon when he wrote Shakespeare.'' -
    Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

  • Joshua Aaron Guillory (11/4/2017 1:58:00 PM)

    ''One, though he be excellent and the chief, is not to be imitated alone; for never no imitator ever grew up to his author; likeness is always on this side truth. Yet there happened in my time one noble speaker who was full of gravity in his speaking; his language, where he could spare or pass by a jest, was nobly censorious. No man ever spake more neatly, more presly, more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idleness, in what he uttered. No member of his speech but consisted of his own graces. His hearers could not cough, or look aside from him, without loss. He commanded where he spoke, and had his judges angry and pleased at his devotion. No man had their affections more in his power. The fear of every man that heard him was lest he should make an end.'' - Ben Jonson (1572 -1637) 'On Francis Bacon'

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Best Poem of Sir Francis Bacon

The Life Of Man

The world's a bubble; and the life of man less than a span.
In his conception wretched; from the womb so to the tomb:
Curst from the cradle, and brought up to years, with cares and fears.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust,
But limns the water, or but writes in dust.
Yet, since with sorrow here we live oppress'd, what life is best?
Courts are but only superficial schools to dandle fools:
The rural parts are turn'd into a den of savage men:
And where's a city from all vice so free,
But may be term'd the worst of all the three?

Domestic cares afflict the ...

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