Thomas Hobbes

(1588_1679 / Westport,Wiltshire)

Thomas Hobbes Quotes

  • ''There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 6 (1651).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, "A Review and Conclusion," (1651).
  • ''War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1651).
  • ''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 (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, part 1, ch. 11 (1651).
  • ''The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 5 (1651).
  • ''A man's conscience and his judgement is the same thing; and as the judgement, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 2, ch. 29 (1651).
  • ''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.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 3, ch. 32 (1651).
  • ''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.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 3, ch. 32 (1651).
  • ''The Imagination that is raised in man (or any other creature imbued with the faculty of imagining) by words, or other voluntary signs, is that we generally call Understanding; and is common to Man and Beasts.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. Leviathan, ch. 2 (1651).

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