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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

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon

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.

Francis Bacon

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

Francis Bacon

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.

Francis Bacon

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Francis Bacon

Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.

Francis Bacon

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.

Francis Bacon

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.

Francis Bacon

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.

Francis Bacon

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When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.

Francis Bacon

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.

Francis Bacon

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Francis Bacon

It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.

Francis Bacon

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

Francis Bacon

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It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.

Francis Bacon

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.

Francis Bacon