Literary Birthday – 22 January – Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon was born 22 January 1561, and died 9 April 1626.


  1. The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
  2. Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
  3. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
  4. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
  5. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
  6. Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted …but to weigh and consider.
  7. The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.
  8. Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
  9. If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
  10. Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
  11. Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

Sir Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.

Source for Image: By Paul van Somer I –, Public Domain,

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd January 2015