Sir Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.

Knowledge is power

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

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

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.

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

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

By far the best proof is experience.

He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.

I have taken all knowledge to by my province.

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.