Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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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  • ''It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Mans Minde to Atheisme; But depth in Philosophy, bringeth Mens Mindes about to Religion.''
    Francis Bacon (1560-1626), British leading political figure, essayist. Essays or Counsels, Essay XIV, "Of Atheism," p. 46, Essays, Advancement of Learning, New Atlantis, and other Pieces, ed. Richard Foster Jones, Odyssey Press, New York (1937). An important statement of the "new science."
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  • ''Knowledge is power.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, political figure. Meditationes Sacrae, De Haeresibus (1597). Clarion call for empirical and practical emphasis in science.
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  • ''Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Novum Organum, bk. 1, aph. 129 (1620).
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  • ''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 (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Death," Essays (1597-1625).
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  • ''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 (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Discourse," Essays (1597-1625).
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Best Poem of Sir Francis Bacon

The Interpretation Of Nature And

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MAN, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature: beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.


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Neither the naked hand nor the understanding left to itself can effect much. It is by instruments and helps that the work is done, which are as much wanted for the understanding as for the hand. And as the instruments of the hand either give motion or guide it, so the instruments of the mind supply either suggestions for the ...

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Sing A New Song

O sing a new song, to our God above,
Avoid profane ones, 'tis for holy choir:
Let Israel sing song of holy love
To him that made them, with their hearts on fire:
Let Zion's sons life up their voice, and sing
Carols and anthems to their heavenly king.

Let not your voice alone his praise forth tell,
But move withal, and praise him in the dance;

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