Francis Bacon was an English author, philosopher, statesman, public speaker, science pioneer and a jurist who lived between 1561 and 1626. He was one of the most influential Englishmen to have ever lived. Bacon was born in a distinguished family and after being home schooled, he attended the University of Cambridge, where he dazzled everyone including Queen Elizabeth I with his intellect. As a statesman, Bacon was without doubt one of the most influential men in the English establishment and held the positions of Attorney General as well as that of Lord Chancellor of England. On the other hand, he was also a superb orator and a philosopher who reveled in natural philosophy and philosophical logic. Bacon was a multi-faceted talent and is credited for establishing the method of empirical studies in the field of science. He propounded the two pronged approach which consisted of being skeptical and methodical. Bacon’s contributions in different fields earned him a Knighthood from King James I and he is still regarded as one of the giants in the history of Great Britain. The below collection of Francis Bacon’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from his famous writings, papers, speeches and thoughts. We bring to you a collection of sayings and quotes by Francis Bacon on wisdom, advice, opportunity, perseverance, humor, inspiration, materialism, friendship, wine, vision, superstition, observation, God, environment and understanding.
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.
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.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
Truth is a naked and open daylight, that does not show the masques, and mummeries, and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. . . A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure
If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world.
The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it.
Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.