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

Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.


We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.


Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.


The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.


People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.


God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.


Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.


When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.


Friends are thieves of time.


A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.


In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.


Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.


Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.


It is impossible to love and to be wise.

    Topics: Love

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.


The great end of life is not knowledge but action.


There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.


Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.

    Topics: Death

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.


Opportunity makes a thief.


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