Thomas Hobbes — English Philosopher born on April 05, 1588, died on December 04, 1679

Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established social contract theory, the foundation of most later Western political philosophy... (wikipedia)

The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, 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.
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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