Francis Bacon Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Francis Bacon quotes, Francis Bacon sayings, and Francis Bacon proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease. Francis Bacon
Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon
Virtue is like a rich stone, it's best plain set. Francis Bacon
It will not be amiss to distinguish the three kinds and, as it were, grades of ambition in mankind. The first is of those who desire to extend their own power in their native country, a vulgar and degenerate kind. The second is of those who labor to extend the power and dominion of their country among men. This certainly has more dignity, though not less covetousness. But if a man endeavor to establish and extend the power and dominion of the human race itself over the universe, his ambition (if ambition it can be called) is without doubt both a more wholesome and a more noble thing than the other two. Francis Bacon
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. Francis Bacon
If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible. Francis Bacon
The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky; which is a number of smaller stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together; so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate Francis Bacon
No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being. Francis Bacon
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. 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. 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. Francis Bacon
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon
If you can talk about it, why paint it? Francis Bacon
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice. Francis Bacon
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon
Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution. Francis Bacon
Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy. Francis Bacon
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships. Francis Bacon
All colours will agree in the dark. Francis Bacon
Consistency is the foundation of virtue. Francis Bacon
The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions. Francis Bacon
The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolours the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. Francis Bacon
The universe must not be narrowed down to the limit of our understanding, but our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered. Francis Bacon
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. Francis Bacon
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other. Francis Bacon
The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it. Francis Bacon
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. Francis Bacon