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Wikipedia Summary for Sir Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), also known as Lord Verulam, was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are seen as developing the scientific method and remained influential through the scientific revolution.

Bacon has been called the father of empiricism. He argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued science could be achieved by the use of a sceptical and methodical approach whereby scientists aim to avoid misleading themselves. Although his most specific proposals about such a method, the Baconian method, did not have long-lasting influence, the general idea of the importance and possibility of a sceptical methodology makes Bacon the father of the scientific method. This method was a new rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, whose practical details are still central to debates on science and methodology.

Francis Bacon was a patron of libraries and developed a system for cataloguing books under three categories – history, poetry, and philosophy – which could further be divided into specific subjects and subheadings. Bacon was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he rigorously followed the medieval curriculum, largely in Latin.

Bacon was the first recipient of the Queen's counsel designation, conferred in 1597 when Elizabeth I of England reserved him as her legal advisor. After the accession of James VI and I in 1603, Bacon was knighted, then created Baron Verulam in 1618 and Viscount St Alban in 1621.

He had no heirs and so both titles became extinct on his death in 1626 at the age of 65. He died of pneumonia, with one account by John Aubrey stating that he had contracted it while studying the effects of freezing on meat preservation. He is buried at St Michael's Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. with background image: orange moon during nighttime
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They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercouse. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth, and embaseth it. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth, and embaseth it.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Ambition is like choler; which is an humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped. But if it be stopped, and cannot have his way, it becometh adust, and… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Ambition is like choler; which is an humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped. But if it be stopped, and cannot have his way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: REVENGE is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

REVENGE is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Mixture of lie doeth ever add pleasure. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Mixture of lie doeth ever add pleasure.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in proportion. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Men fear death, as children fear to go into the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: 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. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: 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. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: A prudent question is one half of wisdom. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

A prudent question is one half of wisdom.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: When a judge departs from the letter of the law he becomes a lawbreaker. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

When a judge departs from the letter of the law he becomes a lawbreaker.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir 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 c… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: New nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Death ...openeth the gate to good fame and extinguisheth envy. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Death ...openeth the gate to good fame and extinguisheth envy.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air than in the hand. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air than in the hand.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Imagination was given to man to compensate for what he is not; a sense of humour to console him for what he is. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It is a true rule that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque or with an inward and secret contempt. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It is a true rule that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque or with an inward and secret contempt.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: We cannot command nature except by obeying her. with background image: bare tree on mountain during sunset
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We cannot command nature except by obeying her.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Art is man added to Nature. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Art is man added to Nature.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it.

--Sir Francis Bacon

Longer Version:

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate.


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Of all things known to mortals, wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Of all things known to mortals, wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Defer not charities till death; for certainly, if a man weigh it rightly, he that doth so is rather liberal of another man's than of his own. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Defer not charities till death; for certainly, if a man weigh it rightly, he that doth so is rather liberal of another man's than of his own.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I would like, in my arbitrary way, to bring one nearer to the actual human being. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I would like, in my arbitrary way, to bring one nearer to the actual human being.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Books will speak plain when counselors blanch. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Books will speak plain when counselors blanch.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: You can't be more horrific than life itself. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

You can't be more horrific than life itself.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Out of monuments, names, words proverbs ...and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Out of monuments, names, words proverbs ...and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this-that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this-that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but negle… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but neglect and pass over their failure, though it be much more common.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but … with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: A good name is like precious ointment ; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

A good name is like precious ointment ; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Salomon saith, There is no new thing upon the earth. So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Salomon giveth his sentence, that all novelty is but oblivion.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: 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 po… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: He that cometh to seek after knowledge, with a mind to scorn, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but no matter for his instruction. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

He that cometh to seek after knowledge, with a mind to scorn, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but no matter for his instruction.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: No artist knows in his own lifetime whether what he does will be the slightest good, because it takes at least seventy-five to a hundred years before the thing begins to sort itself out. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

No artist knows in his own lifetime whether what he does will be the slightest good, because it takes at least seventy-five to a hundred years before the thing begins to sort itself out.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

--Sir Francis Bacon

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I always think of myself not so much as a painter but as a medium for accident and chance.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The punishing of wits enhances their authority. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The punishing of wits enhances their authority.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: We gave ourselves for lost men, and prepared for death. Yet we did lift up our hearts and voices to God above, who showeth His wonders in the deep. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

We gave ourselves for lost men, and prepared for death. Yet we did lift up our hearts and voices to God above, who showeth His wonders in the deep.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The bee enclosed and through the amber shown Seems buried in the juice which was his own. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The bee enclosed and through the amber shown Seems buried in the juice which was his own.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Ask counsel of both timesof the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: But we are not dedicating or building any Capitol or Pyramid to human Pride, but found a holy temple in the human Intellect, on the model of the Universe... For whatever is worthy of Existence is wor… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

But we are not dedicating or building any Capitol or Pyramid to human Pride, but found a holy temple in the human Intellect, on the model of the Universe... For whatever is worthy of Existence is worthy of Knowledge-which is the Image (or Echo) of Existence.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, and to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, and to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Such philosophy as shall not vanish in the fume of subtile, sublime, or delectable speculation but shall be operative to the endowment and betterment of man's life. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Such philosophy as shall not vanish in the fume of subtile, sublime, or delectable speculation but shall be operative to the endowment and betterment of man's life.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I wonder why it is that the countries with the most nobles also have the most misery? with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I wonder why it is that the countries with the most nobles also have the most misery?

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people's life by loo… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Jesus would have been one of the best photographers that ever existed. He was always looking at the beauty of people souls. In fact Jesus was constantly making pictures of God in people's life by looking at their souls and exposing them to his light.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much to fortune, favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly, the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much to fortune, favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly, the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: By this means we presume we have established for ever, a true and legitimate marriage between the Empirical and Rational faculty; whose fastidious and unfortunate divorce and separation hath troubled… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

By this means we presume we have established for ever, a true and legitimate marriage between the Empirical and Rational faculty; whose fastidious and unfortunate divorce and separation hath troubled and disordered the whole race and generation of mankind.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: There is no such flatterer as is a man's self. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

There is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judg… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The specious meditations, speculations, and theories of mankind are but a kind of insanity, only there is no one to stand by and observe it. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The specious meditations, speculations, and theories of mankind are but a kind of insanity, only there is no one to stand by and observe it.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Is it not knowledge that doth alone clear the mind of all perbutations? with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Is it not knowledge that doth alone clear the mind of all perbutations?

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Painting is a duality and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I have to hope that my instincts will do the right thing, because I can't erase what I have done. And if I drew something first, then my paintings would be illustrations of drawings. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I have to hope that my instincts will do the right thing, because I can't erase what I have done. And if I drew something first, then my paintings would be illustrations of drawings.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I use all sorts of things to work with: old brooms, old sweaters, and all kinds of peculiar tools and materials... I paint to excite myself, and make something for myself. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I use all sorts of things to work with: old brooms, old sweaters, and all kinds of peculiar tools and materials... I paint to excite myself, and make something for myself.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanlines… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise! with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It was prettily devised of Aesop, The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise!

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Money is like muck, not good unless spread. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Money is like muck, not good unless spread.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: He that seeketh to be eminent amongst able men hath a great task; but that is ever good for the public. But he that plots to be the only figure amongst ciphers is the decay of a whole age. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

He that seeketh to be eminent amongst able men hath a great task; but that is ever good for the public. But he that plots to be the only figure amongst ciphers is the decay of a whole age.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: A much talking judge is an ill-tuned cymbal. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

A much talking judge is an ill-tuned cymbal.

--Sir Francis Bacon

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