Enlightenment, Enlightened

So, lately, I’ve been burdened with a large project in AP History on the 16th century Enlightenment, so I’ve been reading up on all the famous moral and political thinkers- Voltaire, Hobbes, et cetera. Really, these guys are pretty cool. I just wanted to share a few thing with you I thought were particularly interesting-

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe,” Voltaire

“Every man is guilty of the good he did not do,” Voltaire

“The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone,” Hobbes

“They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion,” Hobbes

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains,” Rousseau

“It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean,” Rousseau

It all really makes me want to be a philosopher when I grow up. I wonder if that’s even considered a profession anymore.


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