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Agriculture
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, Two Treatises of Government, 1698
America
Had the King of Spain employed the hands of his people, and his Spanish iron so, he had brought to light but little of that treasure that lay so long hid in the dark entrails of America.
-John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: Of Reason, bk IV, ch. 17., 1690
Communication
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
-John Locke
Contentment
A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.
-John Locke
Desires
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
-John Locke
Dreams
Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
-John Locke
Education
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
-John Locke
Experience
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
-John Locke
Fashion
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
-John Locke
Government
Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
-John Locke
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
-John Locke
Habits
Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.
-John Locke
Humanity
Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.
-John Locke
Ideas
All ideas come from sensation or reflection.--Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper, void of all characters, without any ideas; how comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store, which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from Experience; in that all our knowledge is founded, and from that it ultimately derives itself. Our observation, employed either about external sensible objects, or about the internal operations of our minds, perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that which supplies our understandings with all the materials of thinking. These two are the fountains of knowledge, from whence all the ideas we have, or can naturally have, do spring.
-John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, 1690
Knowledge
Vague and mysterious forms of speech, and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge.
-John Locke
Leadership
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
-John Locke
Learning
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.
-John Locke
Logic
Logic is the anatomy of thought.
-John Locke
Mind, the
It is reported of that prodigy of parts, Monsieur Pascal, that till the decay of his health had impaired his memory, he forgot nothing of what he had done, read, or thought, in any part of his rational age. This is a privilege so little known to most men, that it seems almost incredible to those who, after the ordinary way, measure all others by themselves; but yet, when considered, may help us to enlarge our thoughts towards greater perfections of it, in superior ranks of spirits.
-John Locke
Miracles
The visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of creation.
-John Locke
Morals
To give a man full knowledge of morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.
-John Locke
Neighbors
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
Opinion
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
-John Locke
Parenting
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
-John Locke
Perception
Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu:
Nothing is in the understanding, which was not first perceived by some of the senses.
-John Locke, attributed, exact source uncertain

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All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.

~ John Locke

No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.

~ John Locke

What worries you, masters you.

~ John Locke

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.

~ John Locke

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.

~ John Locke

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.

~ John Locke

Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.

~ John Locke

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

~ John Locke

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.

~ John Locke

We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.

~ John Locke

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