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HOBBES QUOTES, A Supplement To
Thomas Hobbes

§ "No Discourse whatsoever, can End in absolute Knowledge of Fact." (Leviathan: The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil, 1651, [Leviathan], i. vii. 30.)
Actors, All:-
§ "A Person, is the same that an Actor is, both on the Stage and in common Conversation." (Leviathan, i. xvi. 80.)
§ "Aristotle in his first book of Politiques affirmes as a foundation of the whole politicall science, that some men by nature are made worthy to command, others only to serve." (Philosophical Rudiments Concerning Government and Society, 1651 [Rudiments], iii. 13. 46.)
§ "A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing, and, as the judgment, so also the conscience may be erroneous." (Leviathan, xxix.)
§ "Silence is sometimes an argument of Consent." (Leviathan, ii. xxvi. 138.)
§ "If any one will not consent the City retaines its primitive Right against the Dissentour, that is the Right of War, as against an Enemy." (Rudiments, vi. 2. 87.)
§ "Curiosity draws a man from consideration of the effect, to seek the cause." (Leviathan, i. xi. 51.)
§ "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." (Hobbes' Last words.)
§ "They that live under the government of Democracy, attribute all the inconvenience to that forme of Commonwealth." (Leviathan, ii. xviii. 94.)
§ "In a Democracy, look how many Demagogs [that is] how many powerful Orators there are with the people." (Rudiments, x. 6. 153.)
§ "As water upon a plain Table is drawn which way any one part of it is guided by the finger." (Leviathan, i. iii. 8.)
§ "The government it self, or the administration of its affairs, are better committed to one, then many." (Rudiments, x. 16. 163.)
§ "The most part are too busie in getting food, and the rest too negligent to understand." (Leviathan, i. xv. 79.)
§ "To be seduced by Orators, as a Monarch by Flatterers." (Leviathan, ii. xix. 96.)
§ "The education of Children [is called] a Culture of their mindes." (Leviathan, ii. xxxi. 189.)
§ "The best men are the least suspicious of fraudulent purposes." (Leviathan, iv. xlvi. 379.)
§ "The Future being but a fiction of the mind, applying the sequels of actions Past, to the actions that are Present." (Leviathan, i. iii. 10.)
Government Spending:-
§ "Money is thrown amongst many, to be enjoyed by them that catch it." (Leviathan, i. xiv. 67.)
§ "Condemnation, than absolution more resembles Justice." (Leviathan, ii. xix. 97.)
§ "Sometimes justice cannot be had without money." (Leviathan, ii. xxii. 122.)
§ "A Law is the Command of him, or them that have the Soveraign Power." (A Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England [Dialogue ... Common Laws].)
§ "The law of England hath been fined and refined by an infinite number of grave and learned men." (Dialogue ... Common Laws, 1670.)
§ "Reason is the Soul of the Law." (Dialogue ... Common Laws.)
Legislative Power:-
§ "It belongeth therefore to the Soveraigne to prescribe the Rules of discerning Good and Evill and therefore in him is the Legislative Power." (Leviathan, ii. xx. 106.)
§ "A sick or lame man's liberty to go is an impotence, and not a power or a liberty." (Questions Concerning Liberty, Necessity and Chance, 1656.)
§ "It is an easy thing, for men to be deceived, by the specious name of Libertie." (Leviathan, ii. xxi. 110.)
Man, Nature of ...:-
§ "Every man is presumed to seek what is good for himselfe naturally, and what is just, only for Peaces sake, and accidentally." (Rudiments, 1651, iii.)
§ "Ambition, and Covetousnesse are Passions that are perpetually incumbent, and pressing." (Leviathan, ii. xxvii. 155.)
§ "This naturall proclivity of men, to hurt each other." (Rudiments, i. 12. 13.)
§ "When the greatest part of Men are so unreasonable as they are." (Dialogue ... Common Laws, 1670.)
§ "Heresy is a word which, when it is used without passion, signifies a private opinion. So the different sects of the old philosophers, Academians, Peripatetics, Epicureans, Stoics, &c., were called heresies." (Behemoth; the History of the Civil Wars in England, 1679)
§ "Riches, Knowledge and Honour are but severall sorts of Power." (Leviathan, i. viii. 35.)
Pre-Social Man:-
§ "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 of every man, against every man."
§ "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."
§ "The aym of Punishment is not a revenge, but terrour." (Leviathan, ii. xxviii. 162.)
§ "Why any man should take the law of his country rather than his own Inspiration, for the rule of his action." (Leviathan, ii. xxix. 169.)
§ "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 value of all things contracted for, is measured by the Appetite of the Contractors." (Leviathan, i. xv. 75.)
§ "Riches are gotten with industry, and kept by frugality." (Rudiments, xii. 9. 183.)
§ "Riches joyned with liberality, is Power; because it procureth friends, and servants." (Leviathan, i. x. 41.)

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