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Quotations by author » Thomas Hobbes
English Philosopher (Leviathan), 1588-1679
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A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
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A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
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All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts". They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Mind
Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair.
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As a draft-animal is yoked in a wagon, even so the spirit is yoked in this body.
AnimalsSpirit
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
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Desire to know why, and how - curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge - exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
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During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
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For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
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Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
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He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.
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I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark.
Death and dying
I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.
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In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.
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It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law
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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.
Laughter
Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
Leisure
Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
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No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short
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No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
Errors
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