Laughter is nothing else but a sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope the same, without such opinion, despair.
Such truth as opposeth no man's profit nor pleasure is to all men welcome.
The privilege of absurdity to which no living creature is subject, but man only.
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon with them, but they are the money of fools.
As a draft-animal is yoked in a wagon, even so the spirit is yoked in this body.
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 wisdom but Authority that makes a law
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark.
The disembodied spirit is immortal; there is nothing of it that can grow old or die. But the embodied spirit sees death on the horizon as soon as its day dawns.
No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
The science which teacheth arts and handicrafts is merely science for the gaining of a living; but the science which teacheth deliverance from worldly existence, is not that the true science?
They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion
Opinion of ghosts, ignorance of second causes, devotion to what men fear, and talking of things casual for prognostics, consisteth the natural seeds of religion
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.
Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.
The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called Facts. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools
The condition of man . . . is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.