JOHN LOCKE QUOTES

English philosopher (1632-1704)

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 laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.

JOHN LOCKE, Second Treatise of Government

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There are a thousand ways to Wealth, but only one way to Heaven.

JOHN LOCKE, Letters on Toleration

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

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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Try all things, hold fast that which is good.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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No man's knowledge can go beyond his experience.

JOHN LOCKE, Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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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.

JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

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Beating is the worst, and therefore the last means to be us'd in the correction of children, and that only in the cases of extremity, after all gently ways have been try'd, and proved unsuccessful; which, if well observ'd, there will very seldom be any need of blows.

JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

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Now I appeal to the consciences of those that persecute, torment, destroy, and kill other men upon pretense of religion, whether they do it out of friendship and kindness towards them, or no: and I shall then indeed, and not till then, believe they do so, when I shall see those fiery zealots correcting, in the same manner, their friends and familiar acquaintance, for the manifest sins they commit against the precepts of the Gospel; when I shall see them prosecute with fire and sword the members of their own communion that are tainted with enormous vices, and without amendments are in danger of eternal perdition; and when I shall see them thus express their love and desire of the salvation of their souls, by the infliction of torments, and exercise of all manner of cruelties. For if it be out of a principle of charity, as they pretend, and love to mens souls, that they deprive them of their estates, maim them with corporal punishments, starve and torment them in noisome prisons, and in the end even take away their lives; I say, if all this be done merely to make men Christians, and procure their salvation, why then do they suffer whoredom, fraud, malice, and such like enormities, which, according to the Apostle, manifestly relish of heathenish corruption, to predominate so much and abound amongst their flocks and people?

JOHN LOCK, Letters Concerning Toleration

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

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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In short, herein seems to lie the difference between idiots and madmen, that madmen put wrong ideas together, and so make wrong propositions, but argue and reason right from them: but idiots make very few or no propositions, and reason scarce at all.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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

JOHN LOCKE, The Reasonableness of Christianity

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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, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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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, Second Treatise of Government

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

JOHN LOCKE, Second Treatise of Government

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Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.

JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

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Seek to make thy course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.

JOHN LOCKE, "Of Great Place", The Conduct of the Understanding: Essays, Moral, Economical, and Political

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Those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Toleration

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Defects and weakness in men's understandings, as well as other faculties, come from want of a right use of their own minds; I am apt to think, the fault is generally mislaid upon nature, and there is often a complaint of want of parts, when the fault lies in want of a due improvement of them.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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