What worries you, masters you.

— John Locke

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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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Who lies for you will lie against you.

187

Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.

167

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge;

it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

149

Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins.

142

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

129

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.

112

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

109

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.

107

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society and made by the legislative power vested in it and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, arbitrary will of another man.

106

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

102

Revolt is the right of the people

89

About John Locke

Quotes 280 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

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

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

77

[Individuals] have a right to defend themselves and recover by force what by unlawful force is taken from them.

72

All wealth is the product of labor.

71

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

70

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

64

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

58

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

43

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

40

Where there is no law there is no freedom.

38

The picture of a shadow is a positive thing.

34

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.

34

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

33

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.

32

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.

30

To love truth for truth's sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.

25

There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.

24

The reservedness and distance that fathers keep, often deprive their sons of that refuge which would be of more advantage to them than an hundred rebukes or chidings.

23

He that will have his son have respect for him and his orders, must himself have a great reverence for his son.

22

When we know our own strength, we shall the better know what to undertake with hopes of success.

21

We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.

20

All the entertainment and talk of history is nothing almost but fighting and killing: and the honour and renown that is bestowed on conquerors (who for the most part are but the great butchers of mankind) farther mislead growing youth, who by this means come to think slaughter the laudable business of mankind, and the most heroic of virtues.

20

Where there is no desire, there will be no industry.

18

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

17

That which is static and repetitive is boring.

That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.

16

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.

16

The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.

15

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

15

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

15

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

13

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

13

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.

12

If the innocent honest Man must quietly quit all he has for Peace sake, to him who will lay violent hands upon it, I desire it may be considered what kind of Peace there will be in the World, which consists only in Violence and Rapine; and which is to be maintained only for the benefit of Robbers and Oppressors.

12

Logic is the anatomy of thought.

11

It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.

11

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.

11

It is practice alone that brings the powers of the mind, as well as those of the body, to their perfection.

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