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.
He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.
Such truth, as opposeth no man’s profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.
The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called ‘Facts’. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
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.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.