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John Locke
August 29, 1632 - October 28, 1704
Nationality: English
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: English Philosopher

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


Where there is no property there is no injustice.


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.


We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.


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


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


To prejudge other men's notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.


Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.


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.


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.


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.


The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.


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


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


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


The discipline of desire is the background of character.


Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.


As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.


Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state.


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.


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