John Locke quotes

Born
29 August 1632 Wrington, Somerset, England.

Died
28 October 1704.

Occupation
Philosopher and physician

John Lockewas an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the “Father of Liberalism”.

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
– John Locke
The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.
– John Locke
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
– John Locke
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
– John Locke
Where there is no property there is no injustice.
– John Locke
All wealth is the product of labor.
– John Locke
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
– John Locke
To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
– John Locke
The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
– John Locke
Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state.
– John Locke
To prejudge other men’s notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.
– John Locke
One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.
– John Locke
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
– John Locke
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
– John Locke
It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.
– John Locke
Any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight, which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love.
– John Locke
It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.
– John Locke
I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.
– John Locke
As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.
– John Locke
No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
– John Locke
All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
– John Locke
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
– John Locke
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
– John Locke
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
– John Locke
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
– John Locke
We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
– John Locke
All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
– John Locke