57 Best John Locke Quotes

John Locke was an English physician, writer and Philosopher of the 17th century.  He is worldly renowned as the “Father of Liberalism”. Locke was born on 9th, August 1632 at Wrington, Somerset, England and died at the age of 72. He wrote many books and some of the names of John Locke’s famous books are: The Second Treatise of Civil Government, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Of the Conduct of the Understanding, Lethal People, Of Civil Government and Toleration and The Empiricists etc. After some Introduction, now I am moving towards the topic which is John Locke quotes.

John Locke Quotes on Natural Rights, Government, Education, Law & Liberalism

So a list of 57 best and most Influential quotes on government, natural rights, education, liberalism and law by John Locke are in the following:

Famous Quotes by John Locke

1. “Whenever law ends, tyranny begins.”

Best Quotes by John Locke

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

3. “There are a thousand ways to Wealth, but only one way to Heaven.”

4. “Business of man is to be happy,”

5. “All wealth is the product of labor.”

6. “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.”

7. “The discipline of desire is the background of character.”

8. “Personal Identity depends on Consciousness, not on Substance”

9. “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.”

10. “Revolt is the right of the people”

11. “I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and let it out completely, along with my soul.”

12. “Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses.”

13. “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

14. “Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves poison the fountain.”

15. “It is ambition enough to be employed as an under-labourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish which lies in the way to knowledge.”

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

17. “What worries you, masters you.” – Best John Locke Quotes

18. “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

19. “It is therefore worthwhile, to search out the bounds between opinion and knowledge; and examine by what measures, in things, whereof we have no certain knowledge, we ought to regulate our assent, and moderate our persuasions.”

20. “No peace and security among mankind let alone common friendship can ever exist as long as people think that governments get their authority from God and that religion is to be propagated by force of arms.”

21. “For it will be very difficult to persuade men of sense that he who with dry eyes and satisfaction of mind can deliver his brother to the executioner to be burnt alive, does sincerely and heartily concern himself to save that brother from the flames of hell in the world to come.”

22. “Success in fighting means not coming at your opponent the way he wants to fight you.” – Famous Quotes by John Locke

23. “Now, I appeal to the consciences of those who persecute, wound, torture, and kill other men on the excuse of ‘religion’, whether they do this in a spirit of friendship and kindness.”

24. “Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.”

25. “There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.”

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

27. “We are born to be, if we please, rational creatures, but it is use and exercise only that makes us so, and we are indeed so no farther than industry and application has carried us.”

28. “Man is not permitted without censure to follow his own thoughts in the search of truth when they lead him ever so little out of the common road.”

29. “Our Business here is not to know all things, but those which concern our conduct.” – John Locke Quotes

30. “Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.”

31. “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

32. “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 better for anything else.”

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

34. “Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”

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

36. “Laws provide, as much as is possible, that the goods and health of subjects be not injured by the fraud and violence of others; they do not guard them from the negligence or ill-husbandry of the possessors themselves. No man can be forced to be rich or healthful, whether he will or no. Nay, God Himself will not save men against their wills.”

37. “To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world and the seed-plot of all other virtues.”

38. “Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.”

39. “It is only practice that improves our minds as well as bodies, and we must expect nothing from our understandings any farther than they are perfected by habits.”

40. “Men being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.”

41. “The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of their mischiefs … has been, not whether be power in the world, nor whence it came, but who should have it.”

42. “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.”

43. “Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the Beauty that accompanies what is natural.”

44. “Few men think, yet all will have opinions. Hence men’s opinions are superficial and confused.” – Quotes From John Locke 

45. “The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands: for it being but a delegated power from the people, they who have it cannot pass it over to others.”

46. “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.”

47. “I pretend not to teach, but to inquire; and therefore cannot but confess here again,–that external and internal sensation are the only passages I can find of knowledge to the understanding. These alone, as far as I can discover, are the windows by which light is let into this DARK ROOM. For, methinks, the understanding is not much unlike a closet wholly shut from light, with only some little openings left, to let in external visible resemblances, or ideas of things without: which, would they but stay there, and lie so orderly as to be found upon occasion, it would very much resemble the understanding of a man, in reference to all objects of sight, and the ideas of them.”

48. “There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.”

49. “It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.”

50. “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.”

51. “I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.” – John Locke Quotes

52. “Fashion, for the most part, is nothing but the ostentation of riches.”

53. “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.”

54. “Anyone 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.”

55. “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.”

56. “The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.”

57. “Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can’t do?”

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