The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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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.
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Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
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There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
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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.
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The discipline of desire is the background of character.
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The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
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No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
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Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
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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.
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Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
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Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.
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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.
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We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
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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.
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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.
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Logic is the anatomy of thought.
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The visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of creation.
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To give a man full knowledge of morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.
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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.
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New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
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Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
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Where there is no property there is no injustice.
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Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
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Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
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It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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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.
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The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
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We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
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Locke, John

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