[Necessity is] the sum of all things, which being now existent, conduce and concur to the production of that action hereafter, whe reof if any one thing now were wanting, the effect could not be produced. This concourse of causes, whereof every one is determined to be such as it is by a like concourse of former causes, may well be called (in respect they were all set and ordered by the eternal causes of all things, God Almighty) the decree of God.

Thomas Hobbes necessity causality

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They that approve a private opinion, call it an opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than p rivate opinion.

Thomas Hobbes heresy opinion

They that are discontented under monarchy, call it tyranny; and they that are displeased with aristocracy, call it oligarchy: so a lso, they which find themselves grieved under a democracy, call it anarchy, which signifies the want of government; and yet I think no man believes, that want of government, is any new kind of government.

Thomas Hobbes government tyranny democracy

Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.

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He has not yet found the place where I contradict either the existence, or infiniteness, or incomprehensibility, or unity, or ubiq uity of God. I am therefore yet absolved of atheism. But I am, he says, inconsistent and irreconcilable with myself; that is, I am (though he says it not) he thinks, a forgetful blockhead. I cannot help that: but my forgetfulness appears not here.

Thomas Hobbes atheism God

But they that hold God to be [an incorporeal substance] ... do absolutely make God to be nothing at all. But how? Were they atheis ts? No. For though by ignorance of the consequence they said that which was equivalent to atheism, yet in their hearts they thought God a substance ... So that this atheism by consequence is a very easy thing to be fallen into, even by the most godly men of the church.

Thomas Hobbes atheism