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.


Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell.     

Francis Bacon

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.     

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

Be true to thyself, as thou be not false to others.     

Francis Bacon

New nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time.     

Francis Bacon

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

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Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.      

Francis Bacon

Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not shew the masks and mummeries and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candlelights.     

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Suspicions amongst Thoughts, are like Bats amongst Birds; they never fly but by Twilight."     

Francis Bacon

We rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps.     

Francis Bacon

Observation and experiment for gathering material, induction and deduction for elaborating it: these are are only good intellectual tools.     

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It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.     

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

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Nothing is terrible except fear itself.     

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Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn.     

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The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.     

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The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools, and arguments are fitted to practice in a reversed order.     

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There is superstition in avoiding superstition.     

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An ant is a wise creature for itself, but it is a shrewd thing, in an orchard or garden.     

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The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.     

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A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.     

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Rebellions of the belly are the worst.      

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Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.     

Francis Bacon

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one.     

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The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.     

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

But by far the greatest hindrance and aberration of the human understanding proceeds from the dullness, incompetency, and deceptions of the senses; in that things which strike the sense outweigh things which do not immediately strike it, though they be more important. Hence it is that speculation commonly ceases where sight ceases; insomuch that of things invisible there is little or no observation.     

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A principal fruit of friendship, is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.     

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

Francis Bacon

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.     

Francis Bacon