Thomas Hobbes was a British philosopher and a seminal thinker of modern political philosophy. His ideas were marked by a mechanistic materialist foundation, a characterization of human nature based on greed and fear of death, and support for an absolute monarchical form of government.
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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.
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.
Sudden glory is the passion which makes those grimaces called laughter.
Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.
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.
Nature (the Art whereby God hath made and governs the World) is by the Art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an Artificial Animal. For seeing life is but a motion of Limbs, the beginning whereof is in some principal part within; why may we not say, that all Automata (Engines that move themselves by springs and wheels as doth a watch) have an artificial life?
For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
When a man tells me God hath spoken in a dream, I know he dreamt that God spoke to him.
A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
Leisure can be one of the Mothers of Philosophy.
Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
The first author of speech was God himself, that instructed Adam how to name such creatures as He presented to his sight.
If nobody makes you do it, it counts as fun.
Felicity is a continual progress of the desire from one object to another, the attaining of the former being still but the way to the latter.
A Law of Nature, (Lex Naturalis) is a Precept, or general Rule, found out by Reason, by which a man is forbidden to do, that, which is destructive of his life, or taketh away the means of preserving the same; and to omit, that, by which he thinketh it may be best preserved.
Subjects have no greater liberty in a popular than in a monarchial state.
That which deceives them is the equal participation of command.
The original of all great and lasting societies consisted not in the mutual good will men had toward each other, but in the mutual fear they had of each other.
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.
To say that God is an incorporeal substance, is to say in effect there is no God at all. What alleges he against it, but the School-divinity which I have already answered? Scripture he can bring none, because the word incorporeal is not found in Scripture.
A Covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is always void.
For... no man can transfer or lay down his Right to save himself from Death.
The Scripture was written to shew unto men the kingdom of God;
and to prepare their minds to become his obedient subjects; leavingthe world, and the Philosophy thereof, to the disputation of men, for the exercising of their natural Reason.
Wisdom, properly so called, is nothing else but this: the perfect knowledge of the truth in all matters whatsoever.
Prophecy is many times the principal cause of the events foretold.
When the nature of the thing is incomprehensible, I can acquiesce in the Scripture: but when the signification of words is incomprehensible, I cannot acquiesce in the authority of a Schoolman.
Covenants, without the sword, are but words, and of no strength to secure a man at all. The bonds of words are too weak to bridle man's ambition, avarice, anger, and other passions, without the fear of some coercive power.
It is not easy to fall into any absurdity, unless it be by the length of an account; wherein he may perhaps forget what went before. For all men by nature reason alike, and well, when they have good principles.
True and false are attributes of speech not of things.
And where speech is not, there is neither truth nor falsehood. Error theremay be, as when we expect that which shall not be; or suspect what has not been: but in neither case can a man be charged with untruth.
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.
The Pacts and Covenants, by which the parts of this Body Politique were at first made, set together, and united, resemble that Fiat, or the Let us make man, pronounced by God in the Creation.
By how much one man has more experience of things past, than another, by so much also he is more prudent, and his expectations the seldomer fail him.
Where there is no common power, there is no law
Can it then be doubted, but that God, who is infinitely fine Spirit, and withal intelligent, can make and change all species and kind of body as he pleaseth? But I dare not say, that this is the way by which God Almighty worketh, because it is past my apprehension: yet it serves very well to demonstrate, that the omnipotence of God implieth no contradiction.
For WAR, consisteth not in Battle only, or the act of fighting;
but in a tract of time, wherein the Will to content by Battle is sufficiently known.... So the nature of War, consisteth not in actual fighting; but in the known disposition thereto, during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is PEACE.
As, in Sense, that which is really within us, is (as I have said before) only Motion, caused by the action of external objects, but in appearance; to the Sight, Light and Color; to the Ear, Sound; to the Nostril, Odor, &c.