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

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.


Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.


Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.


Knowledge is power.


Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.


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


The worst men often give the best advice.


Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.


Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.


I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.


The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.


Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.


The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.


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


It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.


Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.


A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.


Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.


The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.


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