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JOHN LOCKE (1)
English philosopher and philanthropist
(1632 - 1704)
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Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
      - [Reverie]

Revery is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
      - [Reverie]

Riches do not consist in having more gold and silver, but in having more in proportion than our neighbors.
      - [Riches]

Some persons depress their own minds, despond at the first difficulty; and conclude that making any progress in knowledge, farther than serves their ordinary business, is above their capacities.
      - [Despondency]

Sophistry is only fit to make men more conceited in their ignorance.
      - [Sophistry]

Strong conceit, like a new principle, carries all easily with it, when yet above common-sense.
      - [Conceit]

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
      - [Action]

The care of souls cannot belong to the civil magistrate.
      - [Soul]

The custom of frequent reflection will keep their minds from running adrift, and call their thoughts home from useless unattentive roving.
      - [Reflection]

The distinguishing characters of the face and the lineaments of the body grow more plain and visible with time and age; but the peculiar physiognomy of the mind is most discernible in children.
      - [Physiognomy]

The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.
      - [Evil]

The great art to learn much is to undertake a little at a time.
      - [Learning]

The least and most imperceptible impressions received in our infancy have consequences very important, and of a long duration. It is with these first impressions, as with a river whose waters we can easily turn, by different canals, in quite opposite courses, so that from the insensible direction the stream receives at its source, it takes different directions, and at last arrives at places far distant from each other; and with the same facility we may, I think, turn the minds of children to what direction we please.
      - [Childhood : Children]

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
      - [Knowledge]

The power of perception is that which we call the understanding.
      - [Understanding]

The wisdom and goodness of the Maker plainly appears in the parts of this stupendous fabric, and the several degrees and ranks of creatures in it.
      - [Creation]

The works of nature and the works of revelation display religion to mankind in characters so large and visible, that those who are not quite blind may in them see and read the first principles and most necessary parts of it, and from thence penetrate into those infinite depths filled with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
      - [Nature]

They left a great deal for the industry and sagacity of after ages.
      - [Ancients]

Those who have read of everything are though to understand everything too; but it is not always so--reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections; unless we chew them over again, they will not give us strength and nourishment.
      - [Reading : Thinking : Understanding]

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.
      - [Truth]

To give a man a full knowledge of true morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.
      - [Morality]

To prejudge other men's notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eye.
      - [Prejudice]

True fortitude I take to be the quiet possession of a man's self, and an undisturbed doing his duty, whatever evil besets or danger lies in his way.
      - [Fortitude]

Truth, whether in or out of fashion, is the measure of knowledge and the business of the understanding; whatsoever is besides that, however authorized by consent or recommended by rarity, is nothing but ignorance or something worse.
      - [Truth]

Virtue and talents, though allowed their due consideration, yet are not enough to procure a man a welcome wherever he comes. Nobody contents himself with rough diamonds, or wears them so. When polished and set, then they give a lustre.
      - [Education]


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