Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

English philosopher, statesman
22 January 1561 — 9 April 1626

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Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

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This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Wonder [...] is the seed of knowledge.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.

The general root of superstition [is] that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.

Man prefers to believe what he wants to be true.

All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but neglect and pass over their failure, though it be much more common.

A good conscience is a continual feast.

God [...] hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.

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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.

Silence is the sleep which nourishes wisdom.

Silence is the virtue of a fool.

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