John Locke

English empiricist philosopher who believed that all knowledge is derived from sensory experience (1632-1704)

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A dreamer lives forever, And a toiler dies in a day.Rate it:
A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.Rate it:
All wealth is the product of labor.Rate it:
Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One 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.Rate it:
Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries; and though, perhaps, somethimes the force of a clear argument may make some impression, yet they nevertheless stand firm, keep out the enemy, truth, that would captivate or disturbe them.Rate it:
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.Rate it:
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.Rate it:
Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.Rate it:
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.Rate it:
I think it every man's indispensable duty to do all the service he can to his country and I see not what difference he puts between himself and his cattle who lives without that thought.Rate it:
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.Rate it:
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common.Rate it:
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.Rate it:
Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.Rate it:
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.Rate it:
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.Rate it:
The action of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.Rate it:
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.Rate it:
The discipline of desire is the background of character.Rate it:
The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.Rate it:
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.Rate it:
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.Rate it:
The visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of creation.Rate it:
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.Rate it:
Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing.Rate it:
We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.Rate it:
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.Rate it:

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