Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

Sir Francis Bacon Quotes

  • ''Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies," (1597-1625).
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  • ''A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Atheism," (1597-1625).
  • ''What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Truth," (1597-1625). opening words of essay, alluding to Bible, St. John 18:38.
  • ''Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies," (1597-1625).
  • ''Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, statesman, essayist. Essays, "Of Seditions and Troubles," (1597-1625).
  • ''Cure the disease and kill the patient.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Friendship," (1597-1625).
  • ''Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Building," (1597-1625). Bacon adds, "except where both may be had."

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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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