Thomas Hobbes

English materialist and political philosopher who advocated absolute sovereignty as the only kind of government that could resolve problems caused by the selfishness of human beings (1588-1679)

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All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts". They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope the same, without such opinion, despair.
Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair.
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.
Laughter is nothing else but a sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.
Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
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.
Such truth as opposeth no man's profit nor pleasure is to all men welcome.
Sudden glory is the passion which makes those grimaces called laughter.
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.
The privilege of absurdity to which no living creature is subject, but man only.
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.
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.
Words are the money of fools.
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools.
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon with them, but they are the money of fools.

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