Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men’s heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.
More quotes by Francis Bacon
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men, which both in affection and means have married and endowed the public. He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question, when a man should marryA young man not yet, an elder man not at all.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
More quotes about Wisdom
That was Youth with its reckless exuberance when all things were possible pursued by Age where we are now, looking back at what we destroyed, what we tore away from that self who could do more, and its work that’s become my enemy because that’s what I can tell you about, that Youth who could do anything.
All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm.
A physician’s physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric’s divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.
You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.