Quotation by Thomas Hobbes

In sum, all actions and habits are to be esteemed good or evil by their causes and usefulness in reference to the commonwealth, and not by their mediocrity, nor by their being commended. For several men praise several customs, and, contrarily, what one calls vice, another calls virtue, as their present affections lead them.
Thomas Hobbes (1579–1688), British philosopher. Behemoth, p. 45, ed. Stephen Holmes, University of Chicago Press (1990).
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