John Locke Quotes


"Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others."

"The most precious of all possessions is power over ourselves."

"The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of their mischiefs ... has been, not whether be power in the world, nor whence it came, but who should have it."

"What if everything that happened here, happened for a reason?"

"Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others"

"I have no reason to suppose that he, who would take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away everything else."

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

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

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

"Nature never makes excellent things for mean or no uses."

"The body of People may with Respect resist intolerable Tyranny."

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

"How long have you been holding those words in your head, hoping to use them?"

"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."

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

"Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can't do?"

"Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected."

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

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

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

"If any one shall claim a power to lay and levy taxes on the people by his own authority and without such consent of the people, he thereby invades the fundamental law of property, and subverts the end of government."

"He that will have his son have respect for him and his orders, must himself have a great reverence for his son."

"No peace and security among mankind-let alone common friendship-can ever exist as long as people think that governments get their authority from God and that religion is to be propagated by force of arms."

"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."

"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."

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

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

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

"Don't let the things you don't have prevent you from using what you do have."

                               

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