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 John Locke Quotes 

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

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

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, bitter, when they themselves poison the fountain.

Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another another in his life, health, liberty, liberty, or possessions. possessions.

So that, in effect, effect, religion, which should most distinguish distinguish us from beasts, and ought most peculiarly peculiarly to elevate elevate us, as rational rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often often appear appear most irrational, irrational, and more senseless than beasts themselves.

The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its Author, salvation salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting!

For where is the man that has incontestable evidence evidence of the truth of all that he holds, or of the falsehood of all he condemns; condemns; or can say that he has examined to the bottom all his own, or other men's opinions? opinions? The necessity necessity of believing without knowledge, nay often often upon very slight grounds, in this fleeting fleeting state of action and blindness we are in, should make us more busy and careful to inform ourselves than constrain constrain others.

Our Business here is not to know all things, but those which concern concern our conduct. conduct.

The acts of the mind, wherein it exerts exerts its power over simple ideas, are chiefly these three: 1. Combining several several simple ideas into one compound one, and thus all complex ideas are made. 2. The second is bringing two ideas, whether simple or complex, together, and setting them by one another another so as to take a view of them at once, without uniting uniting them into one, by which it gets all its ideas of relations. 3. The third is separating them from all other ideas that accompany accompany them in their real existence: existence: this is called abstraction, and thus all its general ideas are made.

Whosoever will list himself under the banner of Christ, must, in the first place and above all things, make war upon his own lusts and vices. vices. It is in vain vain for any man to usurp usurp the name of Christian, without holiness of life, purity of manners, benignity benignity and meekness of spirit.

I pretend pretend not to teach, but to inquire; inquire; and therefore cannot but confess confess here again, that external and internal internal sensation are the only passages I can find of knowledge to the understanding. These alone, as far as I can discover, are the windows by which light is let let into this DARK ROOM. For, methinks, the understanding is not much unlike unlike a closet wholly shut from light, with only some little openings left to left to let in let in external visible resemblances, resemblances, or ideas of things without: which, would they but stay there, and lie so orderly as to be found upon occasion, it would very much resemble resemble the understanding of a man, in reference to all objects of sight, and the ideas of them.

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

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

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

He that will not set himself proudly at the top of all things, but will consider consider the immensity of this fabric, and the great variety that is to be found in this little and inconsiderable part of it which he has to do with, may be apt apt to think that, in other mansions of it, there may be other and different intelligent beings, of whose faculties he has as little knowledge or apprehension apprehension as a worm shut up shut up in one drawer of a cabinet hath of the senses or understanding of a man; such variety and excellency being suitable to the wisdom and power of the Maker. 1690

It is ambition ambition enough to be employed as an under labourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish rubbish which lies in the way to knowledge.

[M]an is not permitted without censure censure to follow his own thoughts in the search of truth, when they lead him ever so little out of the common road.

It is therefore worthwhile, to search out the bounds between opinion opinion and knowledge; and examine by what measures, in things, whereof we have no certain certain knowledge, we ought to regulate our assent, assent, and moderate moderate our persuasions. persuasions.

Slavery Slavery is so vile vile and miserable an Estate of Man, and so directly opposite to the generous generous Temper and Courage of our Nation; that 'tis hardly hardly to be conceived, conceived, that an Englishman, much less a Gentleman, should plead plead for't.. And truly, I should have taken Sr. Rt: Filmer's "Patriarcha" as any other Treatise, Treatise, which would perswade all Men, that they are Slaves, Slaves, and ought to be so, for such another another exercise of Wit, as was his who writ writ the Encomium Encomium (Praise) of Nero, rather rather than for a serious Discourse Discourse meant meant in earnest, earnest, had not the Gravity Gravity of the Title and Epistle, Epistle, the Picture in the Front of the Book, and the Applause that followed it, required me to believe, that the Author and Publisher were both in earnest. earnest. I therefore took it into my hands with all the expectation and read it through with all the attention due to a Treaties, Treaties, that made such a noise at its coming abroad abroad and cannot but confess confess my self mightily surprised, that in a Book which was to provide provide Chains for all Mankind, I should find nothing but a Rope of Sand, useful perhaps perhaps to such, whose Skill and Business it is to raise raise a Dust, and would blind the People, the better to mislead them, but in truth is not of any force to draw those into Bondage, Bondage, who have their Eyes open, and so much Sense about them as to consider, consider, that Chains are but an Ill wearing, how much Care soever hath been taken to file and polish them.

Moral laws are set as a curb curb and restraint restraint to these exorbitant exorbitant desires, which they cannot be but by rewards and punishments, that will over balance the satisfaction any one shall propose to himself in the breach breach of the law.

God hath woven woven into the principles of human nature such a tenderness for their off spring, that there is little fear that parents should use their power with too much rigour; rigour;

God gave the World to Men in Common; But since he gave it them for their benefit, and the greatest Conveniencies of life they were capable capable to draw from it, it cannot be supposed he meant meant it should always remain remain common and unvultivated. He gave it to the use of the industrious and Rational, Rational, (and Labour was to be his Title to it;) not to the fancy fancy or covetousness of the quarrelsome and contentious. contentious.

Now, I appeal to appeal to the consciences of those who persecute, persecute, wound, wound, torture, and kill other men on the excuse of 'religion', whether they do this in do this in a spirit of friendship and kindness.

The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands: for it being but a delegated delegated power from the people, they who have it cannot pass it over pass it over to others.

The state of war is a state of enmity enmity and destruction: and therefore declaring by word or action, not a passionate and hasty, hasty, but a sedate sedate settled design upon another another man's life, puts him in a state of war with him against whom he has declared such an intention, and so has exposed exposed his life to the other's power to be taken away taken away by him, or any one that joins with joins with him in his defence, and espouses espouses his quarrel; quarrel; it being reasonable reasonable and just, I should have a right to destroy that which threatens me with destruction: for, by the fundamental fundamental law of nature, man being to be preserved preserved as much as possible, when all cannot be preserved, preserved, the safety of the innocent is to be preferred: and one may destroy a man who makes war upon him, or has discovered an enmity enmity to his being, for the same reason that he may kill a wolf or a lion; because such men are not under the ties of the commonlaw of reason, have no other rule, but that of force and violence, and so may be treated as beasts of prey, those dangerous and noxious noxious creatures, that will be sure to destroy him whenever he falls into their power.

To avoid this state of war (wherein there is no appeal but to appeal but to heaven, and wherein every the least difference is apt apt to end, where there is no authority to decide between the contenders) contenders) is one great reason of men's putting themselves into society, and quitting the state of nature: for where there is an authority, a power on earth, from which relief can be had by appeal, appeal, there the continuance of the state of war is excluded, excluded, and the controversy is decided by that power.

For though the law of nature be plain and intelligible to all rational rational creatures; yet men, being biased by their interest, as well as ignorant for want of study of it, are not apt apt to allow of it as a law binding to them in the application of it to their particular particular cases.

Beasts abstract abstract not.

Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries: And though perhaps perhaps sometimes the force of a clear argument may make some impression, yet they nevertheless nevertheless stand firm, firm, and keep out keep out the enemy truth, that would captivate or disturb them. Tell a man passionately in love, that he is jilted; bring a score of witnesses witnesses of the falsehood of his mistress, it is ten to one but three kind words of hers shall invalidate all their testimonies testimonies

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

A liberty liberty to follow my own will in all things where that rule prescribes not, not to be subject subject to the inconstant, uncertain, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary arbitrary will of another another man, as freedom of nature is to be under no other restraint restraint but the law of Nature.

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