Francis Bacon Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Francis Bacon quotes, Francis Bacon sayings, and Francis Bacon proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It will not be amiss to distinguish the three kinds and, as it were, grades of ambition in mankind. The first is of those who desire to extend their own power in their native country, a vulgar and degenerate kind. The second is of those who labor to extend the power and dominion of their country among men. This certainly has more dignity, though not less covetousness. But if a man endeavor to establish and extend the power and dominion of the human race itself over the universe, his ambition (if ambition it can be called) is without doubt both a more wholesome and a more noble thing than the other two.      

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

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If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.      

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No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.      

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The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.

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Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.

Francis Bacon

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.

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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.     

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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Francis Bacon

If you can talk about it, why paint it?      

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Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.     

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Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.     

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

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Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.     

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Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.     

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The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.     

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All colours will agree in the dark.     

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Consistency is the foundation of virtue.

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The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions.     

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The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolours the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.     

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The universe must not be narrowed down to the limit of our understanding, but our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered.     

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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.     

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There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

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The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.

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The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.     

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If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

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Great hypocrite are the real atheists.

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Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; 't is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort.     

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

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As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.     

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