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Absurdity
Engrave this Quote The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.
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-Thomas Hobbes
Books
Engrave this Quote 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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Caution
Engrave this Quote Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
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Conflict
Engrave this Quote War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
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Conscience
Engrave this Quote 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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Curiosity
Engrave this Quote 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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Food
Engrave this Quote 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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Glory
Engrave this Quote Sudden glory is the passion which makes those grimaces called laughter.
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Last Words
Engrave this Quote I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
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Laughter
Engrave this Quote Laughter is nothing else but a sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.
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Mind, the
Engrave this Quote There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility 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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Engrave this Quote 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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-Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
Mistakes
Engrave this Quote No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
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-Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237, 1950
Pleasure
Engrave this Quote Pleasure therefore, (or Delight,) is the appearance or sense of Good; and Molestation or Displeasure, the appearance or sense of Evil.
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-Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, ch. 6, 1651
Prison
Engrave this Quote 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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Profit
Engrave this Quote In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
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Rest, Leisure
Engrave this Quote Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
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Science
Engrave this Quote Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
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Secrets
Engrave this Quote 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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State
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Understanding
Engrave this Quote Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
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War
Engrave this Quote Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.
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Wisdom
Engrave this Quote 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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Words
Engrave this Quote Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools.
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