John Locke

1632 - 1704

A Quote by John Locke on agriculture, army, dignity, fashion, idleness, men, profit, sports, thought, and understanding

The great men among the ancients understood very well how to reconcile manual labour with affairs of state, and thought it no lessening to their dignity to make the one the recreation to the other. That indeed which seems most generally to have employed and diverted their spare hours, was agriculture. Gideon among the Jews was taken from threshing, as well as Cincinnatus amongst the Romans from the plough, to command the armies of their countries . . . and, as I remember, Cyrus thought gardening so little beneath the dignity and grandeur of a throne, that he showed Xenophon a large field of fruit trees all of his own planting . . . Delving, planting, inoculating, or any the like profitable employments would be no less a diversion than any of the idle sports in fashion, if men could be brought to delight in them.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Two Treatises of Government, 1698

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A Quote by John Locke on clarity

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. . . mathematical proofs, like diamonds, are hard and clear, and will be touched with nothing but strict reasoning.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: D. Burton, Elementary Number Theory, Boston: Allyn and Bacon 1980.

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A Quote by John Locke on reason

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

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690

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A Quote by John Locke on laws, people, and power

The Legislative cannot transfer the Power of Making Laws to any other hands. For it being but a delegated Power from the People, they who have it, cannot pass it over to others. The People alone can appoint the Form of the Commonwealth, which is by Constituting the Legislative, and appointing in whose hands that shall be.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Second Treatise of Government, 1690

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A Quote by John Locke on confidence, day, errors, experience, god, kindness, and mediocrity

Probability is a kind of penance, which God made, suitable, I presume to that state of mediocrity and probationership he has been pleased to place us in here; wherein, to check our over-confidence and presumption, we might, by every day's experience, be made sensible of our short-sightedness, and liableness to error.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Essay, Book IV, chapter 14

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A Quote by John Locke on men, reason, and society

The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Two Treatises of Government, 1698

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A Quote by John Locke on punishment

If punishment makes not the will supple it hardens the offender.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Some Thoughts Concerning Education, 1693

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A Quote by John Locke on time and trust

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Every man must some time or other be trusted to himself.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690

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A Quote by John Locke on character, desires, and discipline

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690

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A Quote by John Locke on children, curiosity, knowledge, reason, time, and trifle

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.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

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