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JOHN LOCKE (1)
English philosopher and philanthropist
(1632 - 1704)
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If we will rightly estimate what we call good and evil, we shall find it lies much in comparison.
      - [Evil]

Ill patterns are sure to be followed more than good rules.
      - [Example]

Improbability is the food upon which scepticism is nourished.
      - [Skepticism]

In morality there are books enough written both by ancient and modern philosophers, but the morality of the Gospel doth so exceed them all that to give a man a full knowledge of true morality I shall send him to no other book than the New Testament.
      - [Bible]

In this retirement of the mind from the senses, it retains a yet more incoherent manner of thinking, which we call dreaming.
      - [Dreams]

Intelligible discourses are spoiled by too much subtlety in nice divisions.
      - [Preaching]

Is it worth the name of freedom to be at liberty to play the fool?
      - [Freedom]

It carries too great an imputation of ignorance, lightness or folly for men to quit and renounce their former tenets presently upon the offer of an argument which they cannot immediately answer.
      - [Fickleness]

It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter: it is all pure, all sincere, nothing too much, nothing wanting.
      - [Bible]

It is a wrong use of my understanding to make it the rule and measure of another man's--a use which it is neither fit for nor capable of.
      - [Dogmatism]

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.
      - [Attention]

It is looked upon as insolence for a man to adhere to his own opinion against the current stream of antiquity.
      - [Antiquity]

It is not possible now to keep a young gentleman from vice by a total ignorance of it, unless you will all his life mew him up in a closet and never let him go into company.
      - [Vice]

It is quite as easy to give our children musical and pleasing names as those that are harsh and difficult; and it will be found by the owners, when they have grown to knowledge, that there is much in a name.
      - [Names]

Judging is balancing an account, and determining on which side the odds lie.
      - [Judgment]

Knowing is seeing. * * * Until we ourselves see it with our own eyes, and perceive it by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark and as void of knowledge as before, let us believe any learned author as much as we will.
      - [Understanding]

Let them have ever so learned lectures of breeding, that which will most influence their carriage will be the company they converse with, and the fashion of those about them.
      - [Companions : Company]

Logic is the anatomy of thought.
      - [Logic]

Memory is the power to revive again in our minds those ideas which after imprinting have disappeared, or have been laid aside out of sight.
      - [Memory]

Moral principles require reasoning and discourse to discover the certainty of their truths; they lie not open as natural characters engravers on the mind.
      - [Morality]

Nobody was ever so cunning as to conceal their being so; and everybody is shy and distrustful of crafty men.
      - [Cunning]

Passionate words or blows from the tutor fill the child's mind with terror and affrightment, which immediately takes it wholly up and leaves no room for other impressions.
      - [Teaching]

Persuasive, yet denying eyes, all eloquent with language of their own.
      - [Eyes]

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

Repentance does not consist in one single act of sorrow, though that, being the first and leading act, gives denomination to the whole; but in doing works meet for repentance, in a sincere obedience to the law of Christ for the remainder of our lives.
      - [Repentance]


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