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

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

— John Locke



John Locke Quote: “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”

Don’t tell me what I can’t do!

— John Locke


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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Struggle is nature’s way of strengthening it.”

Struggle is nature’s way of strengthening it.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Where there is no law there is no freedom.”

Where there is no law there is no freedom.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “What worries you, masters you.”

What worries you, masters you.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Logic is the anatomy of thought.”

Logic is the anatomy of thought.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “With books we stand on the shoulders of giants.”

With books we stand on the shoulders of giants.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge.”

Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “This is my destiny – I’m supposed to do this, dammit! Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do!”

This is my destiny – I’m supposed to do this, dammit! Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do!

— John Locke



John Locke Quote: “The discipline of desire is the background of character.”

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can’t do?”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

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

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “All wealth is the product of labor.”

All wealth is the product of labor.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Revolt is the right of the people.”

Revolt is the right of the people.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone.”

The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Justice and truth are the common ties of society.”

Justice and truth are the common ties of society.

— John Locke



John Locke Quote: “There are two sides, two players. One is light, the other is dark.”

There are two sides, two players. One is light, the other is dark.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature.”

Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses.”

Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “I am sure, zeal or love for truth can never permit falsehood to be used in the defense of it.”

I am sure, zeal or love for truth can never permit falsehood to be used in the defense of it.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Anger is uneasiness or discomposure of the mind upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge.”

Anger is uneasiness or discomposure of the mind upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.”

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “How long have you been holding those words in your head, hoping to use them?”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “In the beginning, all the world was America.”

In the beginning, all the world was America.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it.”

The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “He that uses his words loosely and unsteadily will either not be minded or not understood.”

He that uses his words loosely and unsteadily will either not be minded or not understood.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.”

It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Since the great foundation of fear is pain, the way to harden and fortify children against fear and danger is to accustom them to suffer pain.”

Since the great foundation of fear is pain, the way to harden and fortify children against fear and danger is to accustom them to suffer pain.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Some eyes want spectacles to see things clearly and distinctly: but let not those that use them therefore say nobody can see clearly without them.”

Some eyes want spectacles to see things clearly and distinctly: but let not those that use them therefore say nobody can see clearly without them.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The business of education is not to make the young perfect in any one of the sciences, but so to open and dispose their minds as may best make them – capable of any, when they shall apply themselves to it.”

The business of education is not to make the young perfect in any one of the sciences, but so to open and dispose their minds as may best make them – capable of any, when they shall apply themselves to it.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.”

So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke

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