Thomas Hobbes Quotes

In the nature of man, we find three principall causes of quarrel. First, Competition; Secondly, Diffidence; Thirdly, Glory.

The source of every Crime, is some defect of the Understanding; or some errour in Reasoning, or some sudden force of the Passions. Defect in the Understanding, is Ignorance; in Reasoning, Erroneous Opinion.

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.

Every person ought to endeavor peace as far as he has hope of obtaining it; and when he cannot obtain it… he may seek and use all helps and advantages of war; the first branch of which rule contains the first and fundamental Law of Nature, which is, To seek peace and follow it; the […]

They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.

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.

To live together in peace and comfort, all people must obey rules of goodness. For this reason all must agree to obey a power strong enough to make each person obey the rules. Life without law can only be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

It is manifest that, during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is every man against man… In such condition… the life of man (is) solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

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