God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
More quotes by Francis Bacon
Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
More quotes about Wisdom
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.
Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be; whereas Ignorance is a blind giant who, let him but wax unbound, would make it a sport to seize the pillars that hold up the long-wrought fabric of human good, and turn all the places of joy as dark as a buried Babylon.
A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.
All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.
In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents?
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
The triumphs of peace have been in some proximity to war. Whilst the hand was still familiar with the sword-hilt, whilst the habits of the camp were still visible in the port and complexion of the gentleman, his intellectual power culminated; the compression and tension of these stern conditions is a training for the finest and softest arts, and can rarely be compensated in tranquil times, except by some analogous vigor drawn from occupations as hardy as war.