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John Locke Quotes About Education, Lost, Nature Rights, Human Nature, Government, Liberty, Self, Social Contract & Freedom! John Locke, the founder of liberalism, was a physician and a logician and one of the most prominent intellectuals of the Enlightenment. He became one of the most influential British empiricists and a key figure in developing the social contract theory. Many Enlightenment intellectuals, such as Voltaire and Rousseau, were influenced by John Locke’s epistemology and political philosophy work.

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Additionally, the American Declaration of Independence shows the influence of Locke’s ideas on classical republicanism and liberal principles. John Locke is regarded mainly as the inventor of self, identity, and awareness. He believed that the human mind is a blank slate, uncontaminated by previous notions and that knowledge is a gift bestowed upon us via love.

His birth date is August 29 1632, in Wrington, Somerset. Locke was never very interested in the classics while in college, preferring to read about contemporary thinkers and their ideas instead. Throughout his studies, Locke acquired an interest in medicine, and after completing his bachelors and master’s degrees, he received a bachelor’s medical degree in 1674.

Locke went to France after Shaftesbury’s demise in 1675 and spent some time there. In 1679, he returned to England. Locke was working on the two Treatises on Presidency around this period. Due to suspicions that he was involved in the Rye house plot in 1683, Locke escaped to the Netherlands. He spent his leisure time in the Netherlands reviving his literary career. Writing new works and editing and reworking existing ones took up plenty of his time. Most of his works were published upon returning from exile during the Great Revolution. On October 28 1704, John Locke died.

Best John Locke Quotes

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

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

3. “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.”-John Locke 

4. “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”-John Locke 

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

6. “Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves poison the fountain.”-John Locke 

7. “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.”-John Locke 

8. “Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”-John Locke 

9. “Revolt is the right of the people.”-John Locke 

10. “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.”-John Locke 

11. “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 

12. “All wealth is the product of labor.”-John Locke 

13. “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.”-John Locke 

14. “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”-John Locke 

15. “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.”-John Locke 

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

17. “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”-John Locke 

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

19. “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.”-John Locke 

20. “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”-John Locke 

21. “A man has perfect liberty over his conscience (the “liberty of judgement”). If the magistrate commands what has already been divinely commanded, then the citizen is obliged to obey and such laws can not be unjust for they do not bind a man’s conscience or his action.”-John Locke 

22. “Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.”-John Locke 

23. “Few men think, yet all will have opinions. Hence men’s opinions are superficial and confused.”-John Locke 

24. “Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.”-John Locke 

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

26. “Government has no other end than the preservation of property.” Tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right.”-John Locke 

27. “But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression.”-John Locke 

28. “There are a thousand ways to Wealth, but only one way to Heaven.”-John Locke 

29. “In transgressing the law of nature, the offender declares himself to live by another rule than that of reason and common equity.”-John Locke 

30. “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.”-John Locke 

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