John Locke Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john locke quotes, john locke sayings, and john locke proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.     

John Locke

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

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

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It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.     

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The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.     

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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.     

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

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The discipline of desire is the background of character.     

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

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So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.     

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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.     

John Locke

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.     

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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     

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

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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.     

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

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

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It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.     

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All wealth is the product of labor.     

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It is difficult to instruct children because of their natural inattention; the true mode, of course, is to first make our modes interesting to them.     

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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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Consciousness is the perception of what passes in man's own mind.     

John Locke

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.     

John Locke

All wealth is the product of labor.     

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

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Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.     

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

John Locke

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.     

John Locke

All wealth is the product of labor.     

John Locke

It is vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.     

John Locke