Beautiful Quotes of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban(s), KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

Portrait of Francis Bacon,
by John Vanderbank (ca. 1731)
Bacon was knighted in 1603, and created both the Baron Verulam in 1618, and the Viscount St Alban in 1621; as he died without heirs both peerages became extinct upon his death. He famously died of pneumonia contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.

Beautiful Quotes of Francis Bacon :

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

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

  3. A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.

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

  5. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

  6. 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.

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

  8. But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.

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

  10. Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

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

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

  13. Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.

  14. He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

  15. I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

  16. 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.

  17. Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

  18. Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

  19. Opportunity makes a thief.

  20. Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

  21. Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider.

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

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

  24. The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.

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

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