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Thomas Hobbes Quotes

(1588-1679), British Philosopher

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

Category: Absurdity

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.

Category: Battles

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

Category: Caution

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

Category: Conscience

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.

Category: Curiosity

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.

Category: Curiosity

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

Category: Famous Last Words

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.

Category: Food And Eating

Sudden glory is the passion which makes those grimaces called laughter.

Category: Glory

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.

Category: Knowledge

Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.

Category: Leisure

No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.

Category: Mistakes

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

Category: Prison

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

Category: Profits

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.

Category: Religion