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Thomas Hobbes Quotes and Sayings

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

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
- Thomas Hobbes

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

Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes

 

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

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

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

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

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

Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon with them,
but they are the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes

Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
- 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

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.
- 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

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

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

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

The condition of man...
is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
- Thomas Hobbes

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

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

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

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

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

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

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

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

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

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
- Thomas Hobbes

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
- Thomas Hobbes

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

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

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

Words are the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.
- Thomas Hobbes

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

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.
- Thomas Hobbes

Sudden money is going from zero to two hundred dollars a week.
The rest doesn't count.
- Neil Simon

From wine what sudden friendship springs.
- John Gay

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in it.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It's a weird scene.
You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're
surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking
you about Vietnam and race relations.
- Vida Blue

You don't quite know how drunk you are until all of
a sudden you're on the floor.
- Gina Gershon

In those days I was mortified, because I was a serious actor in my own mind,
and then all of a sudden I'm this hunk.
- Harry Hamlin

You could be going to have supper with someone who happens to be male,
and all of a sudden he is your boyfriend of nine months...
and I am cheating on my existing boyfriend.
- Caprice Bourret

Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.
- Gerald Brenan

When the show started out, it was like all of a sudden
we had to do 35 episodes and we had just a month and a half to write them,
and it took me a while to realize that I was in charge.
- Mike Judge

All of a sudden their husband's dead and maybe a child
is dead and they have absolutely nothing -
and they're heading through the desert at night.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances,
is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.
- Henry Fielding

After an eternity of seeking the sudden threshold of
seeing and finding leaves one filled with a strange
paradox of ecstasy and grief.
I was born to see.
- Joy Page

Fake relationships and fake people coming up to me
and all of a sudden wanting to be my friend.
- Jason Ritter

All of a sudden Kevin told me that the movie got bought
and was gonna be shown in a movie theatre.
I was shocked.
I was psyched.
It was just weird.
- Jason Mewes

Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy;
they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner
of the streets of life they of a sudden greet us with a smile.
- Gerald Massey

Well, it was kind of accidental that Jim started playing with us,
although it wasn't sudden...
we hadn't really looked around to think who could be a fifth member.
- Kim Gordon

All of a sudden I was living what is perceived to be the model life.
It was just full-on, 24 hours a day.
It was work all the time.
And there's always a party to go to.
- Kate Moss

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times
surprise a man and lay him open.
- Francis Bacon

Success made me self-sufficient, but it also took away my anonymity.
I'm just this quiet nobody, and all of a sudden people are nervous around me.
That was kind of weird.
- Lisa Bonet

You take all the things that frighten you,
and when you can get them to work for you all of sudden
people are calling you a success.
- Randy Bachman

So you get kind of addicted to a revenue stream,
and then all of a sudden it goes away,
now the problem is worse than it was before.
- Craig Benson

The law changes and flows like water,
and the stream of women's rights law has become a sudden rushing torrent.
- Shana Alexander

One of the remarkable things about my career is that
it has been marked by steady,
incremental progress.
No sudden spikes up, and no sudden downfalls,
either.
- Phil Hartman

Four months is a lot of living with that little life
in you-thinking about it,
eating right for it, nurturing it and all of a sudden,
it dies.
- Christie Brinkley

Lionel Richie, love song, OK, thank you very much,
good-bye.
And all of a sudden I realized that,
in my career,
what has made my career has always been the surprises.
- Lionel Richie

Each sudden gust of light explains itself as flames,
but neither they, nor even bombs redoubled on the hills
tonight can quite include me in their fear.
- Andrew Motion

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful,
ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
- John Andrew Holmes

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
- Robert Burton

The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating
than the sudden jolt of misfortune.
- Charles R. Swindoll

I thought I had too much money to be happy and normal.
Thousand of pounds is just too much for a working person
to handle all of a sudden,
and I felt I didn't deserve it.
- Peter Green

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly
brings us back to essentials:
it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
- Emile M. Cioran

"10" was amazing!
I had no career before "10" and then all of a sudden
I was able to do pretty much whatever I was able to do in the business.
- Bo Derek


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