23 Thomas Hobbes quotes that will make you a little wiser

Thomas Hobbes, was an English philosopher, considered to be one of the founders of modern political philosophy. Best known for his 1651 book Leviathan, in which Hobbes expounds an influential formulation of social contract theory.

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It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
Give an inch, he'll take an ell.
NATURE (the art whereby God hath made and governs the world) is by the art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an artificial animal . . . For by art is created that great LEVIATHAN called a COMMONWEALTH, or STATE (in Latin, CIVITAS), which is but an artificial man, though of greater stature and strength than the natural, for whose protection and defence it was intended; and in which the sovereignty is an artificial soul, as giving life and motion to the whole body.
And Covenants, without the Sword, are but Words, and of no strength to secure a man at all.
... the life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
Words are the money of fools.
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.

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Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
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.
Passions unguided are for the most part mere madness.
Temporal and spiritual government are but two words brought into the world to make men see double and mistake their lawful sovereign.
The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Humans are driven by a perpetual and restless desire of power.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
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.
But the most noble and profitable invention of all other was that of speech, consisting of names or apellations, and their connection; whereby men register their thoughts, recall them when they are past, and also declare them one to another for mutual utility and conversation; without which there had been amongst men neither Commonwealth, nor society, nor contract, nor peace, no more than amongst lions, bears, and wolves.
If all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized.
A man's conscience and his judgement is the same thing; and as the judgement, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
For whatsoever power ecclesiastics take upon themselves (in any place where they are subject to the state) in their own right, though they call it God’s right, is but usurpation.

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