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Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes

Educated at Oxford, Thomas Hobbes became fascinated with how people allowed themselves to be ruled. In 1651, he authored Leviathan," in which he argued that people couldn't be trusted to govern themselves because they were intrinsically wicked. As such, a monarchy was the best form of government. He also believed that humans were naturally selfish creatures who if given free reign, would a…

Date of Birth: April 05, 1588
Date of Death: December 04, 1679


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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"In the state of nature profit is the measure of right." Thomas Hobbes
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"Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues." Thomas Hobbes
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"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
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"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
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"Opinion of ghosts, ignorance of second causes, devotion to what men fear, and talking of things casual for prognostics, consisteth the natural seeds of religion" Thomas Hobbes
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"Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto." Thomas Hobbes
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"A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life." Thomas Hobbes
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English Philosopher    Force   

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"Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure." Thomas Hobbes
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"Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: But they are the money of fools, that value them by the authority of an Aristotle, a Cicero, or a Thomas, or any other doctor whatsoever, if but a man" Thomas Hobbes
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"It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law" Thomas Hobbes
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"Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another." Thomas Hobbes
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"Curiosity is the lust of the mind." Thomas Hobbes
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"The condition of man . . . is a condition of war of everyone against everyone." Thomas Hobbes
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"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
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"I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark." Thomas Hobbes
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"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
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"Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation." Thomas Hobbes
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