Francis Bacon

22 Jan 1561 // 9 Apr 1626
Philosopher / Statesman / Essayist


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Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible
Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion
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
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships
The worst men often give the best advice
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."