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“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
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, The Advancement Of Learning
“Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.”
Francis Bacon
“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
Francis Bacon, The Essays
“Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”
Francis Bacon, The Essays
“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
Francis Bacon
“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”
Francis Bacon
“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.”
Francis Bacon
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake...”
Francis Bacon
“It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.”
Francis Bacon
“Wonder is the seed of knowledge”
Francis Bacon
“Reading maketh a full man; and writing an axact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little, he need have much cunning to seem to know which he doth not.”
Francis Bacon
“Money is a great servant but a bad master.”
Francis Bacon
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
Francis Bacon
“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.”
Francis Bacon
“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
Francis Bacon
Ipsa scientia potestas est.

Knowledge itself is power.”
Francis Bacon, Meditations Sacrae and Human Philosophy Meditations Sacrae and Human Philosophy
“Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted ...but to weigh and consider.”
Francis Bacon
“In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.”
Francis Bacon
“It is impossible to love and be wise.”
Francis Bacon
“There are two ways of spreading light..to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
Francis Bacon
“The general root of superstition : namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.”
Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon
“Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends”
Francis Bacon
“The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.”
Francis Bacon
“God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.”
Francis Bacon
“If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted”
Francis Bacon
“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.”
Francis Bacon
“Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.”
Francis Bacon
“The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”
Francis Bacon
“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”
Francis Bacon

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