We need not destroy the past. It is gone.
~ John Cage
Francis Bacon Quotes
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion.
A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
Despise no new accident in your body, but ask opinion of it.... There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic. A man's observation, what he finds good and of what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health.
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
I doe hold it, in the Royall ordering of Gardens, there ought to be Gardens, for all the Moneths in the Yeare: In which, severally Things of Beautie, may in then in Season.
Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.
Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
Dreams, and predictions of astrology.... ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
When he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter.
A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble.
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.