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Francis Bacon

1561-1626. English philosopher, historian, politician. The founder of empiricism. One of the first major philosophers of the Modern era.


1. Everything in the world keeps repeating itself.

2. Aphorisms do not only serve for entertainment or as an adornment of speech; they are certainly important and useful in business life and civic practice.

3. We read in the Scripture that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.

4. In every person, nature emerges either in cereals or weeds; let him water the first in time and destroy the second.

5. Time is the greatest innovator.

6. Silence is the virtue of fools.

7. Science is but an image of the truth.

8. Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

9. Seek knowledge not for contention, or for superiority to others, or for profit, or fame, or power, or any of these inferior things: but for the benefit and use of life.

10. Learning hath his infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish; then his youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile; then his strength of years, when it is solid and reduced; and lastly his old age, when it waxeth dry and exhaust.