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.


Great hypocrite are the real atheists.     

Francis Bacon

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.     

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.     

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison     

Francis Bacon

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.     

Francis Bacon

Clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature; and ... mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but embaseth it.     

Francis Bacon

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.     

Francis Bacon

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.     

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.     

Francis Bacon

Friends are thieves of time.     

Francis Bacon

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.     

Francis Bacon

A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison.     

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

The real and legitimate goal of the sciences is the endowment of human life with new commodities.     

Francis Bacon

A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time.     

Francis Bacon

Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.     

Francis Bacon

The arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self.     

Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.     

Francis Bacon

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...     

Francis Bacon

Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity.     

Francis Bacon

Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.     

Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.     

Francis Bacon

Money is a good servant but a bad master.     

Francis Bacon

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.     

Francis Bacon

I would live to study, and not study to live.     

Francis Bacon

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.     

Francis Bacon