Francis Bacon Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Biography | Francis Bacon

The more figurative painters you see, the greater geometrical structures draw your attention. Francis Bacon is a well-known artist that focused on the broad spectrum of the human form. There he in his career built up a reputation for contemporary and this unique abstract style and a lot of his body of work is now worth millions. As themes keep popping up, there is not really a way to label how subjectively good his stuff truly was.

  • “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.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” ― 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.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake…” ― Sir Francis Bacon
  • “Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” ― Francis Bacon
  • Ipsa scientia potestas est. Knowledge itself is power.” ― Francis Bacon,
  • “It is impossible to love and be wise.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “There are two ways of spreading be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “The general root of superstition : namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.” ― Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon
  • “If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted” ― Francis Bacon
  • “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.” ― Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon
  • “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” ― Francis Bacon, The Essays

Fine art is something to strive for out of this man’s perspective. Serving as a scholar, lawyer and a statesman, there is plenty of more words he wrote down. As ‘The Essays’ a book looks interesting from the reviews to say his text and life together is one of a kind. Just one more example of the 20th century that was very interesting!

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