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.
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Probability is a kind of penance, which God made, suitable, I presume to that state of mediocrity and probationership he has been pleased to place us in here; wherein, to check our over-confidence and presumption, we might, by every day's experience, be made sensible of our short-sightedness, and liableness to error.
Every man must some time or other be trusted to himself.
... mathematical proofs, like diamonds, are hard and clear, and will be touched with nothing but strict reasoning.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.
The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.
He that will have his son have respect for him and his orders, must himself have a great reverence for his son.
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 an error, and another to put him in possession of truth.
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