Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher and one of the founding fathers of modern political theory.

Hobbes is well known for his 1651 work Leviathan, in which he elucidates a key concept in social contract theory.

Hobbes contributed to a wide range of areas besides political philosophy, including history, law, geometry, gas physics, religion, and ethics, as well as philosophy in general.

We have outlined some of the top quotes from Thomas Hobbes for you.


Best Thomas Hobbes Quotes

1. “Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

quotes-about-thomas-hobbes
  • Save

2. “Curiosity is the lust of the mind.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

3. “The law is the public conscience.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

4. “Hell is Truth Seen Too Late.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

5. “Reason is the Soul of the Law.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

6. “The world is governed by opinion.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

7. “Covenants without swords are but words.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

8. “I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

9. “Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

10. “Prudence is a presumption of the future, contracted from the experience of time past.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

Top Thomas Hobbes Quotes

11. “When a man tells me God hath spoken in a dream, I know he dreamt that God spoke to him.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

12. “It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

13. “The first and fundamental law of Nature, which is, to seek peace and follow it.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

14. “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.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

15. “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.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

quotes-on-thomas-hobbes
  • Save

16. “Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

17. “If men are naturally in a state of war, why do they always carry arms and why do they have keys to lock their doors?” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

18. “A democracy is no more than an aristocracy of orators. The people are so readily moved by demagogues that control must be exercised by the government over speech and press.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

19. “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.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

20. “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.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

21. “Ambition, and Covetousness are passions that are perpetually incumbent, and pressing.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

22. “The object of man’s desire is not to enjoy once only, and for one instant of time; but to assure for ever, the way of his future desires.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

best-thomas-hobbes-quotes
  • Save

23. “The passions of men are commonly more potent than their reason.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

24. “To this war of every man against every man, this also in consequent; that nothing can be unjust. The notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice have there no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law, where no law, no injustice. Force, and fraud, are in war the cardinal virtues.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

25. “A free man is he that, in those things which by his strength and wit he is able to do, is not hindered to do what he has a will to.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

Famous Thomas Hobbes Quotes

26. “The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

27. “Where there is no common power, there is no law.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

28. “I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

29. “Baptism is the sacrament of allegiance of them that are to be received into the Kingdom of God, that is to say, into Eternal life, that is to say, to Remission of Sin. For as Eternal life was lost by the committing, so it is recovered by the remitting of men’s sins.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

30. “For it is not the shape, but their use, that makes them angels.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

31. “A Covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is always voyd.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

32. “Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

top-thomas-hobbes-quotes
  • Save

33. “Humans are driven by a perpetual and restless desire of power.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

34. “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 exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

Popular Thomas Hobbes Quotes

35. “If I read as many books as most men do, I would be as dull-witted as they are.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

36. “Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

37. “The “value” or “worth” of a man is, as of all other things, his price; that is to say, so much as would be given for the use of his power.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

38. “The Present only has a being in Nature; things Past have a being in the Memory only, but things to come have no being at all; the Future but a fiction of the mind.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

39. “Man is distinguished not only by his reason, but also by this singular passion, from all other animals.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

40. “To speak impartially, both sayings are very true: that man to man is a kind of God; and that man to man is an arrant wolf. The first is true, if we compare citizens amongst themselves; and the second, if we compare cities.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

41. “It’s my turn, to take a leap into the darkness!” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

Inspiring Thomas Hobbes Quotes

42. “The power of a man is his present means to obtain some future apparent good.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

43. “Silence is sometimes an argument of Consent.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

44. “The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

45. “Corporations are lesser commonwealths in the bowels of a greater, like worms in the entrails of a natural man.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

46. “Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

47. “Obligation is thraldom, and thraldom is hateful.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).

48. “Wisdom, properly so called, is nothing else but this: the perfect knowledge of the truth in all matters whatsoever.” ~ (Thomas Hobbes).


You Might Like