John Locke (1632 – 1704) was an English philosopher and physician. He grew up in a rural Tudor house in Belluton, later attending Westminster School in London. In 1652 he was admitted to Christ Church, Oxford, where he eventually received his Bachelor of Medicine, later conducting medical research as a fellow of the Royal Society. His political viewpoints and associations caused him to be exiled to France and later Holland. He is considered one of the first empiricists. His influential works covered a variety of topics such as An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, The Second Treatise of Government, and Some Thoughts Concerning Education.
Quotes by John Locke…
The custom of frequent reflection will keep their minds from running adrift, and call their thoughts home from useless, inattentive roving.
True fortitude I take to be quiet possession of a man’s self, and an undisturbed doing his duty, whatever evil besets or danger lies in his way.
Some persons depress their own minds, despond at the first difficulty; and conclude that making any progress in knowledge, farther than serves their ordinary business, is above their capacities.
The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.
To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed of all other virtues.
The best way to come to truth being to examine things as really they are, and not to conclude they are, as we fancy of ourselves, or have been taught by others to imagine.
Let us put the ideas of our mind, just as we put things of the laboratory, to the test of experience.