Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes

British philosopher

Lived from: 1588-1679

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: Thomas Hobbes

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    It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
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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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    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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    Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.
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    Good, and evil, are names that signify our appetites, and aversions; which in different tempers, customs, and doctrines of men, are different.
    Source: Leviathan (1651) XIII
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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.
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    In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.
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    It is true that they that have sovereign power may commit iniquity, but not injustice or injury in the proper signification.
    Source: Leviathan (1651) XVIII
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    Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
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    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 mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
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    Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
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    Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
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