A Stack of Chewy Bacon

By Roger Davies / 31 March 2014 / Quotes

I’m preparing a further complex blog piece about Francis Bacon’s cipher/code system (building on earlier posts). As part of the work I’ve been doing some more digging on Francis Bacon himself and found a series of quotes from him that are perfect for the intelligence game. If it wasn’t so corny I’d hang them up on the walls around our analysts. But it is too corny so i’ll just put them here. I think they have great modern applications to intelligence analysts:

  • “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”
  • “If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.”
  • “A prudent question is one half of wisdom.”
  • “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
  • “Who questions much shall learn much and retain much.”
  • “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts he will end in certainties.”
  • “Men must know that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for Gods and angels to be lookers on.”
  • “Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion.”
  • “Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider”
  • “Truth is the daughter of time not authority”
  • “Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out!”
  • “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”
  • “Lies are sufficient to breed opinion and opinion brings substance.”
  • “Write down the thoughts of the moment. those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable”
  • “There is a difference between happiness and wisdom. He that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.”
  • “They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea.”
  • “He that hath knowledge spareth his words.”
  • “There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.”

and of course

Knowledge is power

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