Hobbes the humorist

You can accuse Hobbes of many things, but you can’t say he lacked a sense of humor.

That I have neglected the ornament of quoting ancient poets, orators, and philosophers, contrary to the custom of late time—whether I have done well or ill in it—proceedeth from my judgment, grounded on many reasons. …Fifthly, it is many times with a fraudulent design that men stick their corrupt doctrine with the cloves of other men’s wit… Seventhly, it is an argument of indigestion when Greek and Latin sentences, unchewed, come up again, as they use to do, unchanged.

(Review and Conclusion, paragraph 15)

Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. Edwin Curley (Indianapolis: Hackett) 1994, p. 495-496.

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