Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: British


Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

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Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgement and execution of business.

It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.

It is a secret both in nature and state that it is safer to change many things than one.

Natural abilities are like natural plants they need pruning by study.

It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives.

For no man can forbid the spark nor tell whence it may come.

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Money is like manure, its only good if you spread it around.

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.

It often falls out that somewhat is produced of nothing; for lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake...

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.