"No arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of
violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
"...it is not prudence that distinguisheth man from beast. There be beasts that at a
year old observe more and pursue that which is for their good more prudently than a child
can do at ten."
"Fear of oppression disposeth a man to anticipate or to seek aid by society: for there is no other
way by which a man can secure his life and liberty."
"The passions that incline men to peace are: fear of death;
desire of such things as are necessary to commodious living;
and a hope by their industry to obtain them."
"And as the power, so also the honour of the sovereign, ought to be greater than that
of any or all the subjects. For in the sovereignty is the fountain of honour.
The dignities of lord, earl, duke, and prince are his creatures. As in the presence
of the master, the servants are equal, and without any honour at all; so are
the subjects, in the presence of the sovereign. And though they shine some more,
some less, when they are out of his sight; yet in his presence, they shine no more
than the stars in presence of the sun."
"...if a man be trusted to judge between man and man, it is a precept of the law of nature
that he deal equally between them. For without that, the controversies of men cannot be
determined but by war. He therefore that is partial in judgement, doth what in him lies to
deter men from the use of judges and arbitrators, and consequently, against the fundamental
law of nature, is the cause of war."
"Words are wise men's counters,--they do but reckon by them; but they are the
money of fools."
"The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man only."
"Aristotle and other heathen philosophers define good and evil by the appetite of men;
and well enough, as long as we consider them governed every one by his own law:
for in the condition of men that have no
other law but their own appetites, there can be no general rule of good and evil actions."