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John Locke Quote: “In transgressing the law of nature, the offender declares himself to live by another rule than that of reason and common equity.”

In transgressing the law of nature, the offender declares himself to live by another rule than that of reason and common equity.

— John Locke



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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “There cannot any one moral rule be proposed whereof a man may not justly demand a reason.”

There cannot any one moral rule be proposed whereof a man may not justly demand a reason.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “I esteem it above all things necessary to distinguish exactly the business of civil government from that of religion and to settle the just bounds that lie between the one and the other.”

I esteem it above all things necessary to distinguish exactly the business of civil government from that of religion and to settle the just bounds that lie between the one and the other.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “He that would seriously set upon the search of truth, ought in the first place to prepare his mind with a love of it. For he that loves it not, will not take much pains to get it; nor be much concerned when he misses it.”

He that would seriously set upon the search of truth, ought in the first place to prepare his mind with a love of it. For he that loves it not, will not take much pains to get it; nor be much concerned when he misses it.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The care of souls cannot belong to the civil magistrate.”

The care of souls cannot belong to the civil magistrate.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Untruth being unacceptable to the mind of man, there is no other defence left for absurdity but obscurity.”

Untruth being unacceptable to the mind of man, there is no other defence left for absurdity but obscurity.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.”

It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “It is one thing to persuade, another to command; one thing to press with arguments, another with penalties.”

It is one thing to persuade, another to command; one thing to press with arguments, another with penalties.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “For those who either perceive but dully, or retain the ideas that come into their minds but ill, who cannot readily excite or compound them, will have little matter to think on.”

For those who either perceive but dully, or retain the ideas that come into their minds but ill, who cannot readily excite or compound them, will have little matter to think on.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The least and most imperceptible impressions received in our infancy have consequences very important and of long duration.”

The least and most imperceptible impressions received in our infancy have consequences very important and of long duration.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “God is the place of spirits, as spaces are the places of bodies.”

God is the place of spirits, as spaces are the places of bodies.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Many a good poetic vein is buried under a trade, and never produces any thing for want of improvement.”

Many a good poetic vein is buried under a trade, and never produces any thing for want of improvement.

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The Church which taught men not to keep faith with heretics, had no claim to toleration.”

The Church which taught men not to keep faith with heretics, had no claim to toleration.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others.”

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

— John Locke


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

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “When Fashion hath once Established, what Folly or craft began, Custom makes it Sacred, and ’twill be thought impudence or madness, to contradict or question it.”

When Fashion hath once Established, what Folly or craft began, Custom makes it Sacred, and ’twill be thought impudence or madness, to contradict or question it.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “If all be a Dream, then he doth but dream that he makes the Question; and so it is not much matter that a waking Man should answer him.”

If all be a Dream, then he doth but dream that he makes the Question; and so it is not much matter that a waking Man should answer him.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural.”

Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “There is no such way to gain admittance, or give defence to strange and absurd Doctrines, as to guard them round about with Legions of obscure, doubtful, and undefin’d Words.”

There is no such way to gain admittance, or give defence to strange and absurd Doctrines, as to guard them round about with Legions of obscure, doubtful, and undefin’d Words.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “I pretend not to teach, but to inquire.”

I pretend not to teach, but to inquire.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Words, in their primary or immediate signification, stand for nothing but the ideas in the mind of him who uses them.”

Words, in their primary or immediate signification, stand for nothing but the ideas in the mind of him who uses them.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Curiosity should be as carefully cherish’d in children, as other appetites suppress’d.”

Curiosity should be as carefully cherish’d in children, as other appetites suppress’d.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Moral laws are set as a curb and restraint to these 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 of the law.”

Moral laws are set as a curb and restraint to these 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 of the law.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Children should from the beginning be bred up in an abhorrence of killing or tormenting any living creature; and be taught not to spoil or destroy any thing, unless it be for the preservation or advantage of some other that is nobler.”

Children should from the beginning be bred up in an abhorrence of killing or tormenting any living creature; and be taught not to spoil or destroy any thing, unless it be for the preservation or advantage of some other that is nobler.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Hence it is a mistake to think, that the supreme or legislative power of any common-wealth, can do what it will, and dispose of the estates of the subject arbitrarily, or take any part of them at pleasure.”

Hence it is a mistake to think, that the supreme or legislative power of any common-wealth, can do what it will, and dispose of the estates of the subject arbitrarily, or take any part of them at pleasure.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “You shall find, that there cannot be a greater spur to the attaining what you would have the eldest learn, and know himself, than to set him upon teaching it his younger brothers and sisters.”

You shall find, that there cannot be a greater spur to the attaining what you would have the eldest learn, and know himself, than to set him upon teaching it his younger brothers and sisters.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “It is ambition enough to be employed as an under-labourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish that lies in the way to knowledge.”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “The difference, so observable in men’s understandings and parts, does not arise so much from their natural faculties, as acquired habits.”

The difference, so observable in men’s understandings and parts, does not arise so much from their natural faculties, as acquired habits.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Man is not permitted without censure to follow his own thoughts in the search of truth, when they lead him ever so little out of the common road.”

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

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Virtue is everywhere that which is thought praiseworthy; and nothing else but that which has the allowance of public esteem is called virtue.”

Virtue is everywhere that which is thought praiseworthy; and nothing else but that which has the allowance of public esteem is called virtue.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight, which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love.”

Any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight, which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “There is not so contemptible a plant or animal that does not confound the most enlarged understanding.”

There is not so contemptible a plant or animal that does not confound the most enlarged understanding.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Beware how in making the portraiture thou breakest the pattern: for divinity maketh the love of ourselves the pattern; the love of our neighbours but the portraiture.”

Beware how in making the portraiture thou breakest the pattern: for divinity maketh the love of ourselves the pattern; the love of our neighbours but the portraiture.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Action is the great business of mankind, and the whole matter about which all laws are conversant.”

Action is the great business of mankind, and the whole matter about which all laws are conversant.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “What humanity abhors, custom reconciles and recommends to us.”

What humanity abhors, custom reconciles and recommends to us.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Every man must some time or other be trusted to himself.”

Every man must some time or other be trusted to himself.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “When the sacredness of property is talked of, it should be remembered that any such sacredness does not belong in the same degree to landed property.”

When the sacredness of property is talked of, it should be remembered that any such sacredness does not belong in the same degree to landed property.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Children have as much mind to show that they are free, that their own good actions come from themselves, that they are absolute and independent, as any of the proudest of you grown men, think of them as you please.”

Children have as much mind to show that they are free, that their own good actions come from themselves, that they are absolute and independent, as any of the proudest of you grown men, think of them as you please.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “He that will make good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it to recreation.”

He that will make good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it to recreation.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Though the familiar use of things about us take off our wonder, yet it cures not our ignorance.”

Though the familiar use of things about us take off our wonder, yet it cures not our ignorance.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Men in great fortunes are strangers to themselves, and while they are in the puzzle of business, they have no time to tend their health either of body or mind.”

Men in great fortunes are strangers to themselves, and while they are in the puzzle of business, they have no time to tend their health either of body or mind.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “To ask at what time a man has first any ideas is to ask when he begins to perceive; having ideas and perception being the same thing.”

To ask at what time a man has first any ideas is to ask when he begins to perceive; having ideas and perception being the same thing.

— John Locke


John Locke Quote: “Few men think, yet all will have opinions. Hence men’s opinions are superficial and confused.”

Few men think, yet all will have opinions. Hence men’s opinions are superficial and confused.

— John Locke

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