John Locke Quotes – Philosopher, Physician and Father of Liberalism

John Locke quotes

Best John Locke Quotes




  • All wealth is the product of labor.
  • No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
  • What worries you, masters you.
  • Success in fighting means not coming at your opponent the way he wants to fight you.
  • The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.
  • We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
  • The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
  • There are a thousand ways to Wealth, but only one way to Heaven.
  •  I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
  • The most precious of all possessions is power over ourselves.
  • Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.
  • New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.
  • Revolt is the right of the people.
  • Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
  • Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves poison the fountain.
  • How long have you been holding those words in your head, hoping to use them?
  • I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and let it out completely, along with my soul.
  • Our Business here is not to know all things, but those which concern our conduct.
  • Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can't do?
  • The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.
  • 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.
  • Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
  • Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
  • 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.
  • Personal Identity depends on Consciousness not on Substance.
  • Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses.
  • 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.
  • Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
  •  Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.
  • Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.
  • Few men think, yet all will have opinions. Hence men’s opinions are superficial and confused.
  • There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.