Thomas Hobbes Quotes

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A lust of the mind.


Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
— Thomas Hobbes


Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.


True and False are attributes of speech, not of things.


Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools.
— Thomas Hobbes
Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
— Thomas Hobbes


Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
— Thomas Hobbes
A man with a career can have no time to waste upon his wife and friends; he has to devote it wholly to his enemies.
— Thomas Hobbes


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


So that in the nature of man, we find three principal causes of quarrel. First, competition; secondly, diffidence; thirdly, glory.
— Thomas Hobbes

conflict human nature

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


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.
— Thomas Hobbes


There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility 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.

inner peace