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Francis Bacon's top quotes. 'A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.' 'Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.'


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


Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.


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.


Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.


A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.


Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.


Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.


We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.


There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.


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


Friends are thieves of time.


They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.


The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.


Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.


Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.


Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon.


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


Knowledge is power.


Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.


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



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