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Francis Bacon

1561 – 1626 CE

“Father of the scientific method,” Lord Chancellor of England, orator, jurist, and philosopher; Francis Bacon represents a huge step in the evolution of consciousness but not before indulging in a sybaritic lifestyle, being charged with 23 cases of corruption, being banned from Parliament and imprisoned in the Tower of London. In his ex-con life, he undermined the strength of religion, railed against tradition and authority, became “the most powerful and influential intellect of his time,” warned of the rich getting too rich as a cause of social disease and revolt, the likelihood of new inventions causing more harm than help, and championed the rise of reason and science that brought about our modern world.

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Advancement of Learning, 1605

Essays, Civil and Moral 1625

Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

The New Organon, 1620

Unlisted SourceEssays, Civil and Moral 1625

Quotes by Francis Bacon (26 quotes)

“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake...”

Chapters: 35. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Here and Now

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“Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Truth

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“Money is a great servant but a bad master.”

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

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“If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.”

Chapters: 59. The Gardening of Spirit

Themes: Skillful Means

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“Begin with certainties and end in doubts; or begin with doubts and end in certainties.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Doubt

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“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.”

Chapters: 71. Sick of Sickness

Themes: Deception

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“I will never be an old man. To me old age is always 15 years older than I am.”

Chapters: 76. The Soft and Flexible

Themes: Old Age Longevity

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“Human knowledge is a mere ill-digested mass made up of credulity, accident, and childish notions.”

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“Money is like mulch, not good except it be spread.”

Themes: Wealth Compassion

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“Human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.”

Themes: Illusion

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“Philosophers should diligently inquire for this is the way that reigns in men's morals, forms and subdues their minds.”

from Advancement of Learning, 1605

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“Monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, fragments of stories, passages of books, and the like all help save us from the deluge of time.”

from Advancement of Learning, 1605

Themes: Time

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“To say that a blind custom of obedience should be a surer obligation than duty taught and understood is to affirm that a blind man my tread surer with a guide than a seeing man by a light.”

from Advancement of Learning, 1605

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“It is due to Justice that man is a God to man not a wolf.”

from Advancement of Learning, 1605

Themes: Justice

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“Adversity best brings about virtue.”

from Essays, Civil and Moral 1625

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“Be angry but sin not. Don't let the sun go down upon your anger.”

from Essays, Civil and Moral 1625

Themes: Anger

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“Though neither miserable in pain nor courageous in battle, men die from the weariness of boredom, doing the same things over and over.”

from Unlisted SourceEssays, Civil and Moral 1625

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“It is a strange desire to seek a Power that loses our liberty, a power over others that makes us lose power over ourselves. Those in high positions lose their freedom and become slaves to the state, to fame, and to business.”

from Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

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“As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all Innovations... every medicine is an innovation and those who will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator.”

from Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

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“Of great riches there is no real use, except in the distribution; the rest is but conceit... money is like muck, not good except it be spread.”

from Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

Themes: Money

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“Some books are best tasted, some swallowed, and a very few best if chewed and digested... read not to impress, to debate, to believe; but to contemplate and consider.”

from Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

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“Superstition discounts reason and builds an absolute monarchy in our minds making wise men follow fools.”

from Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

Themes: Belief

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“The old tend to object too much, consider too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and content themselves with only a modicum of success.”

from Of Goodness and the Goodness of Nature

Themes: Old Age

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“We have been kept back from scientific progress by a kind of enchantment and reverence for antiquity, for the authority of those considered great in philosophy, and by general consent.”

from The New Organon, 1620

Themes: Science Progress

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“The very contemplation of things as they are—without superstition, imposture, or confusion—is in itself more beneficial than all the fruits of technology and invention.”

from The New Organon, 1620

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“Truth is as 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”

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Quotes about Francis Bacon (2 quotes)

“Francis Bacon... who mapped out the unconquered fields of research, pointed a hundred sciences to their tasks, foretold their unbelievable victories, proclaimed the mission of thought as the resolute extension of the mastery of man over the conditions of his life, and turned the gaze of science to the self-revealing face of nature, who sent out a challenge to all the lovers and servants of truth everywhere.”

Will Durant 1885 – 1981 CE via Shan Dao
Philosophy apostle and popularizer of history's lessons
from Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, 1968

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“If Bacon's spirit had not leapt
Like lightning out of darkness; he compelled
The Proteus shape of Nature's as it slept”

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822 CE
from The Triumph of Life

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