John Locke

(1632_1704)

John Locke Quotes

  • ''All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 4, ch. 20, sect. 17, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
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  • ''The ignorance and darkness that is in us, no more hinders nor confines the knowledge that is in others, than the blindness of a mole is an argument against the quicksightedness of an eagle.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 4, ch. 3, sect. 23, p. 553, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
  • ''If a child were kept in a place where he never saw any other but black and white till he were a man, he would have no more ideas of scarlet or green, than he that from his childhood never tasted an oyster, or a pineapple, has of those particular relishes.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 2, ch. 1, sect. 6, p. 106, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
  • ''Consciousness is the perception of what passes in a man's own mind. Can another man perceive that I am conscious of any thing, when I perceive it not myself? No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 2, ch. 1, sect. 19, p. 115, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
  • ''Moral laws are set as a curb and restraint to these exorbitant desires, which they cannot be but by rewards and punishments, that will over-balance the satisfaction any one shall propose to himself in the breach of the law.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 1, ch. 3, sect. 13, p. 74, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
  • ''Any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight, which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 3, ch. 11, sect. 14, p. 515, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
  • ''It will be no excuse to an idle and untoward servant, who would not attend his business by candle-light, to plead that he had not broad sun-shine. The candle, that is set up in us, shines bright enough for all our purposes.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 1, ch. 1, sect. 5, p. 45, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1975).
  • ''... thinking consists in being conscious that one thinks.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. Essay Concerning Human Understanding, book II, ch. i, sect. 19; ed. from the 4th edition by Peter H. Nidditch, Oxford University Press (1975).
  • ''Government has no other end but the preservation of Property.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. Second Treatise on Civil Government, ch. 6 (written 1681, publ. 1690).
  • ''The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. Some Thoughts Concerning Education, section 88 (1693).

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