Quotes by Sir Francis Bacon

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
– Sir Francis Bacon
If thou would'st have that stream of hard-earn'd knowledge, of Wisdom heaven-born, remain sweet running waters, thou should'st not leave it to become a stagnant pond.
– Sir Francis Bacon
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
– Sir Francis Bacon
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
– Sir Francis Bacon
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
– Sir Francis Bacon
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
– Sir Francis Bacon
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
– Sir Francis Bacon
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
– 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!
– Sir Francis Bacon
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
– Sir Francis Bacon
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.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
– 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 politic and moral.
– Sir Francis Bacon