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Francis Bacon
January 21, 1561 - April 9, 1626
Nationality: English
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: English Philosopher

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.


Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.


There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.


Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.


The place of justice is a hallowed place.


Knowledge and human power are synonymous.


Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.


Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.


Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.


Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

    Topics: Children

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.


The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.


A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.


Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.


Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

    Topics: Friendship

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.


Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.


Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.


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


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