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The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.

The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.

Curiosity is the lust of the mind. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind.

The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind.

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.

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.

I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. ---->>>

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

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

Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation. ---->>>

He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy. ---->>>

The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.

The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.

Words are the money of fools. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy. ---->>>

I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. ---->>>

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

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

The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame. ---->>>

Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues. ---->>>

A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.

A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.

The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof. ---->>>

They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech. ---->>>

The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only. ---->>>

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

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

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

Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter. ---->>>

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

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

Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

When all the world is overcharged with inhabitants, then the last remedy of all is war, which provideth for every man, by victory or death. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: April 5, 1588
Birthplace: Westport near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
Die: December 4, 1679
Occupation: Philosopher
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Thomas Hobbes (; 5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, was an English philosopher who is considered one of the founders of modern political philosophy. Hobbes is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan, which established the social contract theory that has served as the foundation for most later Western political philosophy (wikipedia)