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Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

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  • ''Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Adversity," (1597-1625).
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  • ''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.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Friendship," (1597-1625).
  • ''Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies," (1597-1625).
  • ''Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Marriage and Single Life," (1597-1625).
  • ''If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from others lands, but a continent that joins to them.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature," (1597-1625).
  • ''It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Mans Minde to Atheisme; But depth in Philosophy, bringeth Mens Mindes about to Religion.''
    Francis Bacon (1560-1626), British leading political figure, essayist. Essays or Counsels, Essay XIV, "Of Atheism," p. 46, Essays, Advancement of Learning, New Atlantis, and other Pieces, ed. Richard Foster Jones, Odyssey Press, New York (1937). An important statement of the "new science."
  • ''Knowledge is power.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, political figure. Meditationes Sacrae, De Haeresibus (1597). Clarion call for empirical and practical emphasis in science.
  • ''Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Novum Organum, bk. 1, aph. 129 (1620).
  • ''It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Death," Essays (1597-1625).
  • ''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.''
    Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Discourse," Essays (1597-1625).

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The Life of Man

The world's a bubble; and the life of man less than a span.
In his conception wretched; from the womb so to the tomb:
Curst from the cradle, and brought up to years, with cares and fears.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust,
But limns the water, or but writes in dust.
Yet, since with sorrow here we live oppress'd, what life is best?
Courts are but only superficial schools to dandle fools:
The rural parts are turn'd into a den of savage men:
And where's a city from all vice so free,

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