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Thomas Hobbes
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
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In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.
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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.
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#English Philosopher #Competition

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The disembodied spirit is immortal; there is nothing of it that can grow old or die. But the embodied spirit sees death on the horizon as soon as its day dawns.
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The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof.
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Desire to know why, and how - curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge - exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
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#Curiosity

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It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law
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The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man only
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The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame
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#Man

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Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
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#English Philosopher #Consequences

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He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.
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A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
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#English Philosopher #Conscience

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Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
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#English Philosopher #Experience

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Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
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#English Philosopher #Leisure

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A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
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#English Philosopher #Force

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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.
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#English Philosopher #Men

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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.
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Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
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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.
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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.
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#Knowledge

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Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
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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.
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I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark.
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#Death