Thomas HobbesThomas Hobbes, (1588-1679) English philosopher, political theorist

Thomas Hobbes Quote

“A covenant not to defend myself from force by force is always void. For ... no man can transfer or lay down his Right to save himself. For the right men have by Nature to protect themselves, when none else can protect them, can by no Covenant be relinquished. ... [The right] to defend ourselves [is the] summe of the Right of Nature.”

Thomas HobbesThomas Hobbes
~ Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan 88, 95 (reprint 1964) (1651)

Ratings and Comments

J Carlton, Calgary

No law can rightfully be made prohibiting anyone from defending themselves, their family and their property, from anybody in any way.


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