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Thomas Hobbes

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Curiosity is the lust of the mind

— Thomas Hobbes

#mistakes #life

If I read as many books as most men do, I would be as dull-witted as they are.

— Thomas Hobbes

#witty #humor

The first and fundamental law of Nature, which is, to seek peace and follow it.

— Thomas Hobbes

#peace #nature

Life is nasty, brutish, and short

— Thomas Hobbes


Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark

— Thomas Hobbes


For it can never be that war shall preserve life, and peace destroy it.

— Thomas Hobbes

#philosophy #war #life

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

#hath #himself #his #liberty #life

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

— Thomas Hobbes

#law #makes #wisdom

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts". They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.

— Thomas Hobbes

#brute #called #commonly #domain #facts

Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.

— Thomas Hobbes

#mother #philosophy

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Although it seems that much of The Elements of Law was composed before the sitting of the Short Parliament there are polemical pieces of the work that clearly mark the influences of the rising political crisis. For example Hobbes argued repeatedly that there are no incorporeal substances and that all things including human thoughts and even God heaven and hell are corporeal matter in motion. Leviathan

In Leviathan Hobbes set out his doctrine of the foundation of states and legitimate governments – originating social contract theory.

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. Hobbes was a champion of absolutism for the sovereign but he also developed some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order (which led to the later distinction between civil society and the state); the view that all legitimate political power must be "representative" and based on the consent of the people; and a liberal interpretation of law which leaves people free to do whatever the law does not explicitly forbid. In addition to political philosophy Hobbes also contributed to a diverse array of other fields including history geometry the physics of gases theology ethics and general philosophy.

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