The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.
The Light of humane minds is Perspicuous Words, but by exact definitions first snuffed, and purged from ambiguity; Reason is the pace; Encrease of Science, the way; and the Benefit of man-kind, the end. And on the contrary, Metaphors, and senslesse and ambiguous words, are like ignes fatui; and reasoning upon them, is wandering amongst...
I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark.
Another doctrine repugnant to civil society, is that whatsoever a man does against his conscience, is sin; and it dependeth on the presumption of making himself judge of good and evil. For a man’s conscience and his judgement are the same thing, and as the judgement, so also the conscience may be erroneous.
That a man be willing, when others are so too, as far forth as for peace and defense of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.
Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
The condition of man . . . is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.
The first and fundamental law of Nature, which is, to seek peace and follow it.
As if it were Injustice to sell dearer than we buy; or to give more to a man than he merits. The value of all things contracted for, is measured by the Appetite of the Contractors: and therefore the just value, is that which they be contented to give.
Such truth, as opposeth no man’s profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.
Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man only
No man’s error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools
For such is the nature of man, 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: For they see their own wit at hand, and other mens at a distance.
For, from the time that the Bishop of Rome had gotten to be acknowledged for bishop universal, by pretence of succession to St. Peter, their whole hierarchy, or kingdom of darkness, may be compared not unfitly to the kingdom of fairies; that is, to the old wives’ fables in England concerning ghosts and spirits, and...
Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark