Francis Bacon Quotes

A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures.

Why should a man be in love with his fetters, though of gold?

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Histories make men wise, poets witty; the mathematics subtle, natural philosophy deep; moral grave, logic and rhetoric able to contend.

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.

Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.

Croesus said to Cambyses; That peace was better than war; because in peace the sons did bury their fathers, but in wars the fathers did bury their sons.

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.

The human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds.