Quotes by Sir Francis Bacon


Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
– 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