The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
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.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
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.
The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity 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.
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.
Words are the money of fools.
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.
A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.
Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
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