Thomas Hobbes

(1588_1679 / Westport,Wiltshire)

Thomas Hobbes Quotes

  • ''I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Anecdotes of Men of Learning, ed. Watkins. Last words spoken.
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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.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. "A Review and Conclusion," Leviathan (1651).
  • ''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 (1588-1679), British philosopher. "A Review and Conclusion," Leviathan (1651).
  • ''Wisdom, properly so called, is nothing else but this: the perfect knowledge of the truth in all matters whatsoever.
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    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. De Cive, dedication (1642).
  • ''When the nature of the thing is incomprehensible, I can acquiesce in the Scripture: but when the signification of words is incomprehensible, I cannot acquiesce in the authority of a Schoolman.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. English Works, "An Answer to Dr. Bramhall," vol. 4, p. 314, ed. Molesworth (1839-1845).
  • ''There be as many persons of a king, as there be petty constables in his kingdom. And so there are, or else he cannot be obeyed. But I never said that a king, and every one of his persons, are the same substance.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. English Works, "An Answer to Dr. Bramhall," vol. 4, p. 316, ed. Molesworth (1839-1845).
  • ''What use soever be made of truth, yet truth is truth, and now the question is not, what is fit to be preached, but what is true.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. English Works, "Of Liberty and Necessity," p. 252, ed. Molesworth (1839-1845). Concerning the pernicious use that may be used of the doctrine of predestination.
  • ''The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 2, ch. 21 (1651).
  • ''The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 8 (1651).
  • ''Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1651).

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