Francis Bacon

22 Jan 1561 // 9 Apr 1626
Philosopher / Statesman / Essayist


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Science is but an image of the truth
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors
Opportunity makes a thief
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety
Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance
It is impossible to love and to be wise
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."