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John Locke (1632-1704) quotes


  • All mankind.. being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
  • All wealth is the product of labor.
  • As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.
  • Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
  • 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.
  • I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
  • It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.
  • New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without another reason but because they are not already common.
  • No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
  • 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.
  • Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
  • Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
  • The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
  • There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
  • What worries you, masters you.
  • Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
  • Where there is no property there is no injustice.