Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

  • ''For my name and memory I leave it to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and the next ages.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. last will, Dec. 19, 1625. Works of Francis Bacon, vol. 3 (ed. 1765). Appointed Lord Chancellor in 1618, Bacon was removed from office three years later for accepting a bribe from a litigant. Alexander Pope summed up his character thus: "If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shined, The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind." (Essay on Man, epistle 4, l. 281-2).
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  • ''If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. speech for prosecution, as Attorney General, in Overbury murder case (Nov. 1615).
  • ''It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgement.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Advancement of Learning, bk. 2 (1605).
  • ''It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Advancement of Learning, bk. 2 (1605).
  • ''I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. An Essay on Death.
  • ''Age appears to be best in four things—old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Apophthegms, no. 97 (1625). Quoting Alonso of Aragon.
  • ''There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him "Was your mother never at Rome?" He answered "No Sir; but my father was."''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Apothegms, no. 87 (1624).
  • ''As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Innovations," (1597-1625). In his Annotations to Bacon (c. 1798), William Blake commented: "What a cursed fool is this, Ill Shapen! Are infants or small plants ill shapen because they are not yet come to their maturity? What a contemptible fool is this Bacon!" (In Complete Writings, ed. Keynes, 1957).
  • ''Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies," (1597-1625).
  • ''Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Youth and Age," (1597-1625).

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Best Poem of Sir Francis Bacon

Guiltless Heart

The man of life upright, whose guiltless heart is free
From all dishonest deeds and thoughts of vanity:
The man whose silent days in harmless joys are spent,
Whom hopes cannot delude, nor fortune discontent;
That man needs neither towers nor armor for defense,
Nor secret vaults to fly from thunder's violence:
He only can behold with unaffrighted eyes
The horrors of the deep and terrors of the skies;
Thus scorning all the care that fate or fortune brings,
He makes the heaven his book, his wisdom heavenly things;
Good thoughts his only friends, his wealth a ...

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Guiltless Heart

The man of life upright, whose guiltless heart is free
From all dishonest deeds and thoughts of vanity:
The man whose silent days in harmless joys are spent,
Whom hopes cannot delude, nor fortune discontent;
That man needs neither towers nor armor for defense,
Nor secret vaults to fly from thunder's violence:
He only can behold with unaffrighted eyes
The horrors of the deep and terrors of the skies;
Thus scorning all the care that fate or fortune brings,

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