Quotes by Sir Francis Bacon

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Oh! death will find me long before I tire of watching you.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Opportunity makes a thief.
– Sir Francis Bacon
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
– Sir Francis Bacon
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Science is but an image of the truth.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Silence is the virtue of fools.
– Sir Francis Bacon