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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I don't believe art is available; it's rare and curious and should be completely isolated; one is more aware of its magic the more it is isolated. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I don't believe art is available; it's rare and curious and should be completely isolated; one is more aware of its magic the more it is isolated.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Riches are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions; therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body and reduce it to harmony. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, in Apollo, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body and reduce it to harmony.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength. Of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter, less. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength. Of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter, less.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and if he be not kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and if he be not kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race nor alienate so much property as drunkenness. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race nor alienate so much property as drunkenness.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Truth can never be reached by just listening to the voice of an authority.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements, -- as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Lukewarm persons think they may accommodate points of religion by middle ways and witty reconcilements, -- as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let men by all means endeavor to obtain good customs. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let men by all means endeavor to obtain good customs.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Custom is the principle magistrate of man's life. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Custom is the principle magistrate of man's life.

--Sir Francis Bacon


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Very few people have a natural feeling for painting, and so, of course, they naturally think that painting is an expression of the artist's mood. But it rarely is. Very often he may be in greatest de… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Very few people have a natural feeling for painting, and so, of course, they naturally think that painting is an expression of the artist's mood. But it rarely is. Very often he may be in greatest despair and be painting his happiest paintings.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all th… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Brutes by their natural instinct have produced many discoveries, whereas men by discussion and the conclusions of reason have given birth to few or none. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Brutes by their natural instinct have produced many discoveries, whereas men by discussion and the conclusions of reason have given birth to few or none.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help an… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: If my people look as if they're in a dreadful fix, it's because I can't get them out of a technical dilemma. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

If my people look as if they're in a dreadful fix, it's because I can't get them out of a technical dilemma.

--Sir Francis Bacon


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: It is a poore Center of a Mans Actions, Himselfe. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

It is a poore Center of a Mans Actions, Himselfe.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search for truth. So it does more harm than good.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Libraries are as the shrine where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Libraries are as the shrine where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The stage is more beholding to love than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief, sometimes like a Siren, sometimes like a Fury.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Crafty men condemn studies; Simple men admire them; And wise men use them: For they teach not their own use: but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Crafty men condemn studies; Simple men admire them; And wise men use them: For they teach not their own use: but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: We rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one? with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one?

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Nor is mine a trumpet which summons and excites men to cut each other to pieces with mutual contradictions, or to quarrel and fight with one another; but rather to make peace between themselves, and … with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Nor is mine a trumpet which summons and excites men to cut each other to pieces with mutual contradictions, or to quarrel and fight with one another; but rather to make peace between themselves, and turning with united forces against the Nature of Things.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Those herbs which perfume the air most delightfully, not passed by as the rest, but, being trodden upon and crushed, are three; that is, burnet, wild thyme and watermints. Therefore, you are to set w… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Those herbs which perfume the air most delightfully, not passed by as the rest, but, being trodden upon and crushed, are three; that is, burnet, wild thyme and watermints. Therefore, you are to set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

So that every wand or staff of empire is forsooth curved at top.

--Sir Francis Bacon


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The nature of things betrays itself more readily under the vexations of art than in its natural freedom.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Without friends the world is but a wilderness. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Without friends the world is but a wilderness.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: As is the garden such is the gardener. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

As is the garden such is the gardener. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Science is the labor and handicraft of the mind. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Science is the labor and handicraft of the mind.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The mystery lies in the irrationality by which you make appearance -- if it is not irrational, you make illustration. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The mystery lies in the irrationality by which you make appearance -- if it is not irrational, you make illustration.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is … with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections... What a man had rather were true he more readily believes. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections... What a man had rather were true he more readily believes.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes...and whatever lies upon the heart. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes...and whatever lies upon the heart.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Innovations, which are the births of time. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Innovations, which are the births of time.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.

--Sir Francis Bacon


quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the ne… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the nervous system in a more violent way.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Let the mind be enlarged... to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Let the mind be enlarged... to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Every person born in the USA is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Every person born in the USA is endowed with life, liberty, and a substantial share of the national debt.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: All good moral philosophy is ... but the handmaid to religion. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

All good moral philosophy is ... but the handmaid to religion.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: There arises from a bad and unapt formation of words a wonderful obstruction to the mind. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

There arises from a bad and unapt formation of words a wonderful obstruction to the mind.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The essential form of knowledge... is nothing but a representation of truth: for the truth of being and the truth of knowing are one, differing no more than the direct beam and the beam reflected. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The essential form of knowledge... is nothing but a representation of truth: for the truth of being and the truth of knowing are one, differing no more than the direct beam and the beam reflected.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Great art is always a way of concentrating, reinventing what is called fact, what we know of our existence- a reconcentration… tearing away the veils, the attitudes people acquire of their time and e… with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Great art is always a way of concentrating, reinventing what is called fact, what we know of our existence- a reconcentration… tearing away the veils, the attitudes people acquire of their time and earlier time. Really good artists tear down those veils.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken all knowledge to be my province. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

I confess that I have as vast contemplative ends, as I have moderate civil ends: for I have taken all knowledge to be my province.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch, Till the white-wing'd reapers come. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch, Till the white-wing'd reapers come.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: No body can be healthful without exercise, neither natural body nor politic, and certainly, to a kingdom or estate, a just and honourable war is the true exercise. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

No body can be healthful without exercise, neither natural body nor politic, and certainly, to a kingdom or estate, a just and honourable war is the true exercise.

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

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.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: First the amendment of their own minds. For the removal of the impediments of the mind will sooner clear the passages of fortune than the obtaining fortune will remove the impediments of the mind. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

First the amendment of their own minds. For the removal of the impediments of the mind will sooner clear the passages of fortune than the obtaining fortune will remove the impediments of the mind.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people's plates. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people's plates.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Judges ought to be more learned, than witty, more reverend, than plausible, and more advised, than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Judges ought to be more learned, than witty, more reverend, than plausible, and more advised, than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

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quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The human understanding of its own nature is prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The human understanding of its own nature is prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns: children, women, old folks, sick folks. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns: children, women, old folks, sick folks.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes the wrong one. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

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

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Men ought to find the difference between saltiness and bitterness. Certainly, he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Men ought to find the difference between saltiness and bitterness. Certainly, he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: A man were better relate himself to a statue or picture than to suffer his thoughts to pass in smother. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

A man were better relate himself to a statue or picture than to suffer his thoughts to pass in smother.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: Spouses are great impediments to great enterprises. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

Spouses are great impediments to great enterprises.

--Sir Francis Bacon

quote by Sir Francis Bacon: If I sit and daydream, the images rush by like a succession of colored slides. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

If I sit and daydream, the images rush by like a succession of colored slides.

--Sir Francis Bacon

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