Thomas Hobbes Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

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Within the 16th century, he contributed to a theory that is very much relevant today. The social contract formulations of today had an origin in the 1651 book called Leviathan. Depicting a state of nature known as ‘the war of all against all’ and structure of society and legitimate government. Rationalizing religion, war and sovereignty, we did not learn from him with the years that followed.

  • “Curiosity is the lust of the mind.”
  • “For such is the nature of man, 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: For they see their own wit at hand, and other mens at a distance.”
  • “Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry… no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; 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.”
  • “Leisure is the mother of Philosophy”
  • “The source of every crime, is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions. Defect in the understanding is ignorance; in reasoning, erroneous opinion.”
  • “Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.”
  • “Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools. ”
  • “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.”
  • “The first and fundamental law of Nature, which is, to seek peace and follow it.”
  • “For to accuse requires less eloquence, such is man’s nature, than to excuse; and condemnation, than absolution, more resembles justice.”
  • “it is one thing to desire, another to be in capacity fit for what we desire.”
  • God put me on this Earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I’m so far behind that I’ll never die”.”
  • “What is the heart but a spring, and the nerves but so many strings, and the joints but so many wheels, giving motion to the whole body?”
  • “The universe, the whole mass of things that are, is corporeal, that is to say, body, and hath the dimensions of magnitude, length, breadth and depth. Every part of the universe is ‘body’ and that which is not ‘body’ is no part of the universe, and because the universe is all, that which is no part of it is nothing, and consequently nowhere.”

Political philosophy interests me like this because there is a pattern of history repeating itself even if the history books is one of many perspectives in comparison to what actually happened. Why do we honour individuals yearly when they are dead when there is so much incentive to think backwards? Hobbes believed in an undivided government and what governmental system is one hundred percent holding itself together in this objective believe?

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