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Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes (5 April 1588 4 December 1679) was an English philosopher, whose famous 1651 book Leviathan established the agenda for nearly all subsequent Western political philosophy.
Found 48 thoughts of Thomas Hobbes

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfilment of that hope never entirely removes.

Thomas Hobbes

Humans are driven by a perpetual and restless desire of power.

Thomas Hobbes

The life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Thomas Hobbes

Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: But they are the money of fools, that value them by the authority of an Aristotle, a Cicero, or a Thomas, or any other doctor whatsoever, if but a man.

Thomas Hobbes

Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.

Thomas Hobbes

I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark.

Thomas Hobbes

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.

Thomas Hobbes

Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.

Thomas Hobbes

The disembodied spirit is immortal; there is nothing of it that can grow old or die. But the embodied spirit sees death on the horizon as soon as its day dawns.

Thomas Hobbes

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Thomas Hobbes

No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.

Thomas Hobbes

Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.

Thomas Hobbes

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts". They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.

Thomas Hobbes

Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair.

Thomas Hobbes

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.

Thomas Hobbes

A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.

Thomas Hobbes

A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.

Thomas Hobbes

Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.

Thomas Hobbes

Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.

Thomas Hobbes

They that approve a private opinion, call it an opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.

Thomas Hobbes

In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.

Thomas Hobbes

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.

Thomas Hobbes

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.

Thomas Hobbes

Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.

Thomas Hobbes

That a man be willing, when others are so too, as far forth as for peace and defense of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.

Thomas Hobbes
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