For knowledge itself is power.
More quotes by Francis Bacon
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
More quotes about Wisdom
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologies. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought – with these I deal.
The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk.
Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
Do you know that the tendrils of graft and corruption have become mighty interlacing roots so that even men who would like to be honest are tripped and trapped by them?
A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.