When all the world is overcharged with inhabitants, then the last remedy of all is war, which provideth for every man, by victory or death.
Words are the money of fools.
He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
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.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
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.
Thomas Hobbes — quotes and aphorisms
A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.
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.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.