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THOMAS HOBBES
English philosopher and author
(1588 - 1679)
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Emulation is grief arising from seeing one's self, exceeded or excelled by his concurrent, together with hope to equal or exceed him in time to come, by his own ability. But envy is the same grief joined with pleasure conceived in the imagination of some ill-fortune that may befall him.
      - [Emulation]

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.
      - [Laughter]

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
      - [Leisure]

Man is distinguished not only by his reason, but also by this singular passion, from all other animals.
      - [Curiosity]

Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
      - his reported last words, hence, "Hobbes' voyage" used by Vanbrugh in "The Provoked Wife"
        [Last Words]

Obligation is thraldom, and thraldom is hateful.
      - [Obligation]

Opinion of ghosts, ignorance of second causes, devotion to what men fear, and talking of things casual for prognostics, consisteth the natural seeds of religion.
      - [Religion]

The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
      - [Thought]

And though they shine, some more, some less, when they are out of his sight, yet in his presence they shine no more than the stars in the presence of the sun.
      - Leviathan [Stars]

Desire to know why, and how, curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
      - Leviathan (ch. 6) [Curiosity]

Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
      - Leviathan (ch. 6) [Passion]

The "value" or "worth" of a man is, as of all other things, his price; that is to say, so much as would be given for the use of his power.
      - Leviathan (ch. X) [Work]

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.
      - Leviathan (pt. I, Of Man, ch. XVIII)
        [Life]

Give an inch, he'll take an ell.
      - Liberty and Necessity (no. 111) [Gifts]

For words are wise men's counters--they do but reckon by them--but they are the money of fools.
      - The Leviathan (pt. I, ch. IV, sc. 15)
        [Words]

Setting themselves against reason, as often as reason is against them.
      - Works (III, p. 91), (ed. 1839) [Reason]


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