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John Locke


by John Locke

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by John Locke.

Quotes by John Locke

"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."
Letter to Anthony Collins

"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts."
From "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth."
From "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

"There cannot any one moral Rule be propos'd, whereof a Man may not justly demand a Reason."
From "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

"Religion, which should most distinguish us from the beasts, and ought most particularly elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts."
From "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

"As usurpation is the exercise of power which another has a right to, so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which nobody can have a right to."
From "Two Treatises of Government"

"A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world."
From "Some Thoughts Concerning Education"

"Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered. "
From "Some Thoughts Concerning Education"

"He that will have his son have a respect for him and his orders, must himself have a great reverence for his son."
From "Some Thoughts Concerning Education"

"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."
From "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

"And yet, for all this, one may truly say, that there are very few lovers of truth, for truth's sake, even amongst those who persuade themselves that they are so."
From "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

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