Quotes by Sir Francis Bacon


A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
– Sir Francis Bacon

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
– Sir Francis Bacon
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
– Sir Francis Bacon
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
– Sir Francis Bacon
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
– Sir Francis Bacon
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Acorns were good until bread was found.
– Sir Francis Bacon
All rising to great place is by a winding stair.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
– Sir Francis Bacon
As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Books will speak plain when counsellors blanch.
– Sir Francis Bacon
But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Cure the disease and kill the patient.
– Sir Francis Bacon
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.
– Sir Francis Bacon