John Locke

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

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
A dreamer lives forever, And a toiler dies in a day.
A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
All wealth is the product of labor.
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.
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.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.
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.
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.
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.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
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.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
The action of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
The visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of creation.
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
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.
We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.

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