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Francis Bacon
English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, scientist and essayist
(1561-1626)



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Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.
(English translation: For also knowledge itself is power.)
(often quoted just as: "Knowledge is power")
-- Meditationes Sacrae (1597), "Of Heresies".

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
-- The Advancement of Learning (1605)

Quod enim mavult homo verum esse, id potius credit.
(English translation: For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes.)
-- Novum Organum (1620)

Magna ista scientiarum mater.
(English translation: That great mother of sciences.)
-- Referring to natural philosophy, in: Novum Organum (1620)

The remedy is worse than the disease.
-- Essays (1625), "Of Seditions and Troubles"

To choose time is to save time.
-- Essays (1625), "Of Dispatch"

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
-- Essays (1625), "Of Studies"

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
-- Essays (1625), "Of Studies"

Books must follow sciences, not sciences books.
-- Rescusitatio (1657), "Proposition Touching Amendment of the Laws"

I have taken all knowledge to be my province
-- "To My Lord Treasurer Burghley", quoted in: The Letters and Life of Francis Bacon. Vol. 1. J. Spedding, ed. (1861).


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