Quotes by John Locke

All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
– John Locke
All wealth is the product of labor.
– John Locke
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards.
– John Locke
As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.
– John Locke
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
– John Locke
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
– John Locke
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
– John Locke
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.
– John Locke
I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.
– John Locke
If we will disbelieve everything, because we cannot certainly know all things, we shall do muchwhat as wisely as he who would not use his legs, but sit still and perish, because he had no wings to fly.
– John Locke
It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.
– 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
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common.
– John Locke
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
– 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
Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time.
– John Locke
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.
– John Locke
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
– John Locke
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
– John Locke
Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
– John Locke