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The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to
ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men
on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.
furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes
what we read ours.
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt
another in the current of his discourse.
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.
The discipline of
desire is the background of character.
The only fence against
the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
No man's knowledge here
can go beyond his experience.
Fashion for the most part is nothing
but the ostentation of riches.
Freedom of men under government
is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and
made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in
all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant,
unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
Government has no other
end, but the preservation of property.
Practice conquers the habit
of doing, without reflecting on the rule.
Good and evil, reward
and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur
and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.
are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from
those who are around us.
Vague and mysterious forms of speech,
and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard
or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right
to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be
easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are
but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge.
a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little
improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little
Logic is the anatomy of thought.
visible mark of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works
To give a man full knowledge of morality, I would
send him to no other book than the New Testament.
To love our
neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that
alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but
because they are not already common.
Parents wonder why the streams
are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
there is no property there is no injustice.
Reverie is when ideas
float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach.
unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater
assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.
of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly,
to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
We should have
a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are,
the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
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