John Locke’s Quotes

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Quotes & philosophical Sayings by John Locke

Liberalism is one of the most widespread philosophical school. Before becoming an economic model, Locke had founded this school of thought, based on freedom in the political sense. Locke has been the inspiration for Kant, Habermas, Rousseau and Montesquieu especially.

On the epistemological point of view, Locke is a classical empiricist (refutation of the theory of innate ideas, difference between simple / complex ideas).

Locke main’s work is the Human Understanding.

Locke and the civil government:

– “The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of nature for his rule”

– “The State, according to my ideas, is a society of men established for the sole purpose of the establishment, preservation and promotion of their civil interests. I call on civil interests, life, freedom The health of the body, the possession of external goods, such as are money, land, houses, furniture, and things of that nature ”

– “A man in a state of society, which would delight the freedom that belongs to all members of society, must be regarded as having deliberately deprive them of all things, and therefore as being with them in the state of war. ”

– “It is not always necessary to make laws, but it still is to execute those who were made”

– “The people are the supreme judge of how governments fulfill their mission because it is the person who gave them power and who care as such, the ability to revoke”

– “The law is not so much restrictions on a free and intelligent agent to guide it to its own interests, and it does not prescribe beyond which leads to the general welfare of those subject to this law. S ‘they could be happier without it, the law would vanish like a useless thing, and what prevents us from just falling into swamps and precipices deserves the bad name of constraint ”

Locke and knowledge:


– “The knowledge of man can not extend beyond his own experience”

– “This idea is called the object of thought”

Locke and subjectivity:

– “The understanding is that this man is above the other sentient beings, the source par excellence of its advantage and its power over them”

– “The Self is the thinking thing, inwardly convinced of its own shares, which feels pleasure and pain, which is capable of happiness and misery, and hence is concerned for himself, as far as this consciousness may extend ”

Locke and memory:

– “Memory is the power to awaken in the mind simple ideas”

– “Memory is the Store of our ideas”

Locke and property:

– “Though the earth and all inferior creatures be common to all men, yet every man is owner of his own person. None other than himself does not own an interest in her work her body and work of his hands belong to him. He combines his work at everything he does leave the state in which nature left it, and attach to something that is hers. By this, he made his property. This thing is extracted from it being common where nature had put it, his work adds something, which excludes the common right of other men ”

– “No political society can not exist unless it has in itself the power to keep what belongs to her, and for that, to punish the sins of its members”

Locke and Identity:

– “A being identical is a thinking intelligent and endowed with reason and reflection, which may see yourself as the same thinking thing in different times and places”

Locke and freedom:

– “The need to find true happiness is the foundation of our freedom”

– “The natural liberty of man consists in not recognizing any sovereign power on earth, and not be subject to the will or legislative authority to anyone”


Cite this article as: Tim, "John Locke’s Quotes, May 22, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 22, 2012,

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