15 John Locke Quotes That'll Have You Thinking

John Locke (1632-1704). Engraved by J.Pofselwhite and published in The Gallery Of Portraits With Memoirs encyclopedia, united kingdom, 1836
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With a name like Locke, you know it's philosophical!

Reading Through These John Locke Quotes Will Get You Thinking About Life

John Locke was quite the English philosopher.

Known for being an influential Enlightenment thinker whose work is reflected in our very own Declaration of Independence, his writings were nothing short of prolific. For that, he always held a special place in my heart.

He also happens to be my ancestor. At least, according to my grandmother who is now dead. So are you going to call my recently deceased grandma a liar? Kidding... but do watch your step. I am not to be trifled with in my current state.

Anyway, back to my ancestor. There is no denying the impact he had on society, though I am nowhere near smart enough to sum it all up. The best way I can point to his incredibly important influence is by sharing some of his thought-provoking quotes from throughout his life.

Read through them all now to change your outlook on life for the better!

Best John Locke Quotes

  • "All men by nature are equal in that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man; being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions."

  • "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."

  • "The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his."

  • "There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men."

  • "I have no reason to suppose that he, who would take away my liberty, would not when he had me in his power, take away everything else."

Moving John Locke Quotes

  • "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."

  • "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins."

  • "All people have 'natural rights' of life, liberty, and property. Government was to protect these, if id didn't overthrow it."

  • "No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience."

  • "The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts."

Inspiring John Locke Quotes

  • "Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself."

  • "It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in the possession of truth."

  • "Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time."

  • "What worries you, masters you."

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

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