Francis Bacon, 1561 - 1626

English Lawyer, Courtier, Philosopher and Essayist


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Quotations


Essays (1625) Of Friendship
A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.


Essays (1625) Of Marriage and the Single life
Wives are young men's mistress, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.


Essays (1625) Of Truth
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested;


Essays (1625) Of Truth
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.


Essays (1625) Of Truth
Histories make men wise; poets; witty; the mathematics; subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.


Essays (1625) Of Truth
A mixture of lie doth ever add pleasure.


A letter of Advice to the Earl of Essex
Opportunity makes a thief.


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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


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Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.


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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.


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Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.