Francis Bacon (Philosopher)

#3822 Francis Bacon

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about home
#3824 Francis Bacon

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est. .

Francis Bacon
#3825 Francis Bacon

I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken allto be my province; and if I could purge it of two sorts of rovers, whereof the one with frivolous disputations, confutations, and verbosities, the other with blind experiments and auricular traditions and impostures, hath committed so many spoils, I hope I should bring in industrious observations, grounded conclusions, and profitable inventions and discoveries; the best state of that province. This, whether it be curiosity, or vain glory, or nature, or (if one take it favourably) philanthropia, is so fixed in my mind as it cannot be removed. And I do easily see, that place of any reasonable countenance doth bring commandment of more wits than of a man's own; which is the thing I greatly affect. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about hope
#3826 Francis Bacon

… a mere bond-servant to his logic, thereby rendering it contentious and well nigh useless. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about logic
#3827 Francis Bacon

I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defense. I beseech your Lordships to be merciful to a broken reed. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about guilt
#3828 Francis Bacon

Lucid intervals and happy pauses. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about happy
#3829 Francis Bacon

Nil terribile nisi ipse timor. .

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#3830 Francis Bacon

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress. .

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#3831 Francis Bacon

Audacter calumniare, semper aliquid haeret. .

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#3832 Francis Bacon

I bequeath my soul to God... My body to be buried obscurely. For my name and memory, I leave it to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and the next age. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about soul
#3834 Francis Bacon

It is true that that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other. .

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#3836 Francis Bacon

Ne mireris, si vulgus verius loquatur quam honoratiores; quia etiam tutius loquitur. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about honor
#3837 Francis Bacon

He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly) rather liberal of another man's, than of his own. .

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#3838 Francis Bacon

Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about lies
#3839 Francis Bacon

When you wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires. This is not caused by any natural defect, but first for want of election, when you, having a large and fruitful mind, should not so much labour what to speak as to find what to leave unspoken. Rich soils are often to be weeded. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about time
#3840 Francis Bacon

"You err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God" This canon is the mother of all canons against heresy; the causes of error are two; the ignorance of the will of God, and the ignorance or not sufficient consideration of his power. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about power
#3841 Francis Bacon

If thou shalt aspire after the glorious acts of men, thy working shall be accompanied with compunction and strife, and thy remembrance followed with distaste and upbraidings; and justly doth it come to pass towards thee, O man, that since thou, which art God's work, doest him no reason in yielding him well-pleasing service, even thine own works also should reward thee with the like fruit of bitterness. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about war
#3842 Francis Bacon

For a man to love again where he is loved, it is the charity of publicans contracted by mutual profit and good offices; but to love a man's enemies is one of the cunningest points of the law of , and an imitation of the divine nature. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about love
#3843 Francis Bacon

Alland wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about knowledge
#3844 Francis Bacon

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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#3845 Francis Bacon

In this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about life
#3846 Francis Bacon

Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about mind
#3847 Francis Bacon

For alland wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about knowledge
#3848 Francis Bacon

Time, which is the author of authors. .

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#3849 Francis Bacon

The two ways of contemplation are not unlike the two ways of action commonly spoken of by the ancients: the one plain and smooth in the beginning, and in the end impassable; the other rough and troublesome in the entrance, but after a while fair and even. So it is in contemplation: 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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#3850 Francis Bacon

Antiquitas saeculi juventus mundi. [The age of antiquity is the youth of the world.] These times are the ancient times, when the world is ancient, and not those which we account ancient ordine retrogrado, by a computation backward from ourselves. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about war
#3852 Francis Bacon

It is manifest that there is no danger at all in the proportion or quantity of knowledge, how large soever, lest it should make it swell or out-compass itself; no, but it is merely the quality of knowledge, which, be it in quantity more or less, if it be taken without the true corrective thereof, hath in it some nature of venom or malignity, and some effects of that venom, which is ventosity or swelling. This corrective spice, the mixture whereof maketh knowledge so sovereign, is charity, which the Apostle immediately addeth to the former clause; for so he saith, “Knowledge bloweth up, but charity buildeth up”. .

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#3853 Francis Bacon

The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before. .

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#3854 Francis Bacon

Sacred and inspired divinity, the sabaoth and port of all men's labours and peregrinations. .

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#3855 Francis Bacon

Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God. .

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#3856 Francis Bacon

States as great engines move slowly. .

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#3858 Francis Bacon

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about think
#3859 Francis Bacon

But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about life
#3860 Francis Bacon

We are much beholden toand others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about men
#3861 Francis Bacon

The obliteration of the evil hath been practised by two means, some kind of redemption or expiation of that which is past, and an inception or account de novo for the time to come. But this part seemeth sacred and religious, and justly; for all good moral philosophy (as was said) is but a handmaid to religion. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about philosophy
#3862 Francis Bacon

Only charity admitteth no excess. For so we see, aspiring to be like God in power, the angels transgressed and fell; Ascendam, et ero similis altissimo: by aspiring to be like God in knowledge, man transgressed and fell; Eritis sicut Dii, scientes bonum et malum: but by aspiring to a similitude of God in goodness or love, neither man nor angel ever transgressed, or shall transgress. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about love
#3863 Francis Bacon

For man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection: and they be three wisdoms of divers natures, which do often sever: wisdom of the behaviour, wisdom of business, and wisdom of state. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about wisdom
#3864 Francis Bacon

Primum quaerite bona animi; caetera aut aderunt, aut non oberunt .

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#3865 Francis Bacon

Silence is the virtue of a fool. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about virtue
#3866 Francis Bacon

As we divided natural philosophy in general into the inquiry of , and productions of effects: so that part which concerneth the inquiry of causes we do subdivide according to the received and sound division of causes. The one part, which is , inquireth and handleth the material and efficient causes; and the other, which is , handleth the formal and final causes. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about philosophy
#3867 Francis Bacon

This misplacing hath caused a deficience, or at least a great improficience in the sciences themselves. For the handling of final causes, mixed with the rest in physical inquiries, hath intercepted the severe and diligent inquiry of all real and physical causes, and given men the occasion to stay upon these satisfactory andcauses, to the great arrest and prejudice of further discovery. For this I find done not only by , who ever anchoreth upon that shore, but by , , and others which do usually likewise fall upon these flats of discoursing causes. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about science
#3868 Francis Bacon

Theofand some others, who did not suppose a mind or reason in the frame of things, but attributed the form thereof able to maintain itself to infinite essays or proofs of nature, which they term fortune, seemeth to me... in particularities of physical causes more real and better inquired than that of Aristotle and Plato; whereof both intermingled final causes, the one as a part of theology, and the other as a part of logic, which were the favourite studies respectively of both those persons. Not because those final causes are not true, and worthy to be inquired, being kept within their own province; but because their excursions into the limits of physical causes hath bred a vastness and solitude in that tract. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about art
#3869 Francis Bacon

our Saviour ... not being like man, which knows man’s thoughts by his words, but knowing man’s thoughts immediately, He never answered their words, but their thoughts. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about words
#3870 Francis Bacon

Neither did the dispensation of God vary in the times after our Saviour came into the world; for our Saviour himself did first show His power to subdue ignorance, by His conference with the priests and doctors of the law, before He showed His power to subdue nature by His miracles. And the coming of this Holy Spirit was chiefly figured and expressed in the similitude and gift of tongues, which are but vehicula scienti .

Francis Bacon Quotes about time
#3872 Francis Bacon

Art is man added to Nature Descriptio Globi Intellectus (1612). .

Francis Bacon Quotes about man
#3873 Francis Bacon

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. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about nature
#3875 Francis Bacon

We are wont to call that human reasoning which we apply to Nature the anticipation of Nature (as being rash and premature) and that which is properly deduced from things the interpretation of Nature. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about man
#3876 Francis Bacon

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed... .

Francis Bacon Quotes about knowledge
#3877 Francis Bacon

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of argument. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about time
#3878 Francis Bacon

We cannot command nature except by obeying her. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about nature

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