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Inspirational Thomas Hobbes Quotes

Thomas Hobbes (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), was an English philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Thomas Hobbes Quotes.

He is best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established social contract theory, the foundation of most later Western political philosophy. Hobbes also contributed to a diverse array of other fields, including history, geometry, the physics of gases, theology, ethics, and general philosophy.

He was one of the founders of modern political philosophy and political science. His understanding of humans as being matter and motion, obeying the same physical laws as other matter and motion, remains influential; and his account of human nature as self-interested cooperation, and of political communities as being based upon a “social contract” remains one of the major topics of political philosophy.

Thomas Hobbes Quotes
Thomas Hobbes Quotes

Thomas Hobbes Quotes

“Knowledge is power.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Hell is truth seen too late.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Life is nasty, brutish, and short.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools. ”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.”
Thomas Hobbes quotes

“For to accuse requires less eloquence, such is man’s nature, than to excuse; and condemnation, than absolution, more resembles justice.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“It is many times with a fraudulent Design that men stick their corrupt Doctrine with the Cloves of other men’s Wit.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“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.”
Thomas Hobbes

“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.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“He that is to govern a whole Nation, must read in himselfe, not this, or that particular man; but Man-kind;”
― Thomas Hobbes

“A man’s conscience and his judgment are the same thing, and, as the judgment, so also the conscience may be erroneous.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“The first and fundamental law of Nature, which is, to seek peace and follow it.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“When all the world is overcharged with inhabitants, then the last remedy of all is war, which provideth for every man, by victory or death.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“War consist 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 condition of man . . . is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“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?”
― Thomas Hobbes

“For it can never be that war shall preserve life, and peace destroy it.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“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.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“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.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“If men are naturally in a state of war, why do they always carry arms and why do they have keys to lock their doors?”
Thomas Hobbes quotes

“By consequence, or train of thoughts, I understand that succession of one thought to another which is called, to distinguish it from discourse in words, mental discourse. When a man thinketh on anything whatsoever, his next thought after is not altogether so casual as it seems to be. Not every thought to every thought succeeds indifferently. ”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Covenants, without the sword, are but words and of no strength to secure a man at all.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“Another doctrine repugnant to civil society, is that whatsoever a man does against his conscience, is sin; and it dependeth on the presumption of making himself judge of good and evil. For a man’s conscience and his judgement are the same thing, and as the judgement, so also the conscience may be erroneous.”
― Thomas Hobbes

“To this war of every man against every man, this also in consequent; that nothing can be unjust. The notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice have there no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law, where no law, no injustice. Force, and fraud, are in war the cardinal virtues.”
― Thomas Hobbes

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