John Locke (1632-1704)

“The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men.- It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter.- It is all pure.”

“There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.”

“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.”

“Man… hath by nature a power …. to preserve his property – that is, his life, liberty and estate – against the injuries and attempts of other men.”

“What worries you, masters you.”

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

“All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.”

“If we will disbelieve everything, because we cannot certainly know all things, we shall do much what as wisely as he who would not use his legs, but sit still and perish, because he had no wings to fly.”

“The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.”

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

“Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.”

“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”

“The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.”

“Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.”

“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.”

“No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.”

“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.”

“Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others.”

“There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.”

“The great question (about power) is who should have it.”

“Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.”

“Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.”

“We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.”

“To prejudge other men’s notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eye.”

“Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.”

“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”

“Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.”

“Vague and mysterious forms of speech, and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge.”

“I find every sect, as far as reason will help them, make use of it gladly; and where it fails them, they cry out, It is a matter of faith, and above reason.”

“To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.”

“Where there is no desire, there will be no industry.”

“Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.”

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

“All wealth is the product of labor.”

“For law, in its true notion, is not so much the limitation, as the direction of a free and intelligent agent to his proper interest, and prescribes no farther than is for the general good of those under the law.”

“But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression.”

“Logic is the anatomy of thought.”

“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

“I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.”

“It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of truth.”

“Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing.”

“There being nothing more evident than that creatures of the same species should be equal amongst one another without subordination or subjection.”

“Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided”

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”

“He that judges without informing himself to the utmost that he is capable, cannot acquit himself of judging amiss.”

“An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable. A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards.”

“We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.”

“One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.”

“The discipline of desire is the background of character.”

“Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.”

“To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.”

“I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.”

“To give a man full knowledge of morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.”

“Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.”

“A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.”

“If punishment makes not the will supple it hardens the offender.”

“All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.”

“The care of souls cannot belong to the civil magistrate.”

“Habits wear more constantly and with greatest force than reason, which, when we have most need of it, is seldom fairly consulted, and more rarely obeyed.”

“Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time.”

“The visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of creation.”

“As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.”

“It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.”

“There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men, who talk in a road, according to the notions they have borrowed and the prejudices of their education.”

“Nature never makes excellent things for mean or no uses.”

“Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins.”

“Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.”

“Where there is no property there is no injustice.”

“No man’s knowledge here can go beyond experience.”

“Our Savior’s great rule, that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, is such a fundamental truth for the regulating of human society, that, by that alone, one might without difficulty determine all the cases and doubts in social morality.”

“Error is none the better for being common, nor truth the worse for having lain neglected.”

“It is so vital to everybody who has a stake in the downtown. It is vital to anyone who lives here. It is going to put us on the map.”

“Nobody is going to let anybody’s children play on something that is unsafe. There is just no way.”

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