Thomas Hobbes Quotes (88 quotes)
“The power of a man, to take it universally, is his present means, to obtain some future apparent good; and is either original or instrumental.... Reputation of power, is power.”
Leviathan pt. 1, (1651), Chapter 10
“For by art is created that great Leviathan, called a commonwealth or state, (in Latin civitas) which is but an artificial man... and in which, the sovereignty is an artificial soul.”
Leviathan introduction (1651)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsThomas Hobbes
Born: April 5, 1588
Died: December 4, 1679 (aged 91)
Bio: 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 the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.
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