Quotation by Thomas Hobbes

I know St. Thomas Aquinas calls eternity, nunc stans, and ever-abiding now; which is easy enough to say, but though I fain would, yet I could never conceive it: they that can are more happy than I.... I understand as little how it can be true his Lordship says, that God is not just, but justice itself; not wise, but wisdom itself; not eternal, but eternity itself;... These phrases I find not in the Scripture; I wonder therefore what was the design of the Schoolmen to bring them up, unless they thought a man could not be a true Christian unless his understanding be first strangled with such hard sayings.
Thomas Hobbes (1579–1688), British philosopher. English Works, "An Answer to Dr. Bramhall," vol. 4, p. 271, ed. Molesworth (1839-1845).
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