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English philosopher and physician (1632-1704)
John Locke was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism". Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, Locke is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American Revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence. Internationally, Locke’s political-legal principles continue to have a profound influence on the theory and practice of limited representative government and the protection of basic rights and freedoms under the rule of law.
John Locke Quotes
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
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