Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair.
Passions unguided are for the most part mere madness.
For it can never be that war shall preserve life, and peace destroy it.
Hell is truth seen too late.
Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
Scientia potentia est. Knowledge is power.
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.
The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.
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.
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.
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.
The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.
A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.