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By Robert Burton

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon 1561-1626
English Renaissance Philosopher & Statesman, Lord Chancellor of England, developer of the scientific method
             
            
               

Knowledge is power.

Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.

Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as to find it.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.

When any of the four pillars of government – religion, justice, counsel, and treasure – are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather .

There are three things which make a nation great and prosperous – a fertile soil, busy workshops, and easy conveyance for men and commodities.

The sum of behavior is to retain a man’s own dignity, without intruding upon the liberty of others.

If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.

They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

It is impossible to love and to be wise.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.

They that deny a God destroy man’s nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.

He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

Be not pennywise; riches have wings; sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.

Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect.

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repeat too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

     

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