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John Locke Quotes

It is practice alone that brings the powers of the mind, as well as those of the body, to their perfection.
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The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.

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[M]an 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.

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Let not men think there is no truth, but in the sciences that they study, or the books that they read.

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Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other.

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Words, in their primary or immediate signification, stand for nothing but the ideas in the mind of him who uses them.

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The next thing is by gentle degrees to accustom children to those things they are too much afraid of. But here great caution is to be used, that you do not make too much haste, nor attempt this cure too early, for fear lest you increase the mischief instead of remedying it.

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The first step to get this noble and manly steadiness, is ... carefully keep children from frights of all kinds, when they are young ... Instances of such who in a weak timorous mind, have borne, all their whole lives through, the effects of a fright when they were young, are every where to be seen, and therefore as much as may be to be prevented.

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Many a good poetic vein is buried under a trade, and never produces any thing for want of improvement.

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Set the mind to work, and apply the thoughts vigorously to the business, for it holds in the struggles of the mind, as in those of war, that to think we shall conquer is to conquer.

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Anger is uneasiness or discomposure of the mind upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge

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