portrait of Francis Bacon
Oil on canvas by John Vanderbank, ca. 1731, from an original by an unkown artist, ca. 1618

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Quotes of the Day for 22 January 2001 – Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam and Viscount Saint Albans, was born on this day in 1561. He was a philosopher so profound and an essayist so erudite that it has been suggested he was actually the author of the plays we attribute to Shakespeare. (This theory is not much credited these days, but it was somewhat popular in the last couple of decades.) He left hundreds of gems behind for us.

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The quotes:

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

A little philosophy inclineth men's minds to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds to religion.

Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way.

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
     - All today's quotes are from Sir Francis Bacon, 1561 - 1626


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