Thomas Hobbes Quotes

Who was Thomas Hobbes?

English philosopher known for Leviathan.

Born April 5, 1588
Died December 4, 1679
Aged 91 years old

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Best 8 Quotes by Thomas Hobbes

“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.”

“I often observe the absurdity of dreams, but never dream of the absurdity of my waking thoughts.”

“It's not the pace of life I mind. It's the sudden stop at the end.”

“Leisure is the mother of philosophy.”

“The life of man in a state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

Leviathan Quotes

“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.”


“Hell is truth seen too late.”


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“Knowledge is power.”


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“Bodies are real entities. Surfaces and lines are but fictitious entities. A surface without depth, a line without thickness, was never seen by any man; no; nor can any conception be seriously formed of its existence.”

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