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English philosopher and philanthropist
(1632 - 1704)
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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, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
      - [Government]

From the very first instances of perception, some things are grateful and others unwelcome to us; some things we incline to, and others we fly.
      - [Inclination]

Gardening, or husbandry, and working in wood, are healthy recreations.
      - [Health]

General observations drawn from particulars are the jewels of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room.
      - [Brevity]

Gentleness is far more successful in all its enterprises than violence; indeed, violence generally frustrates its own purpose, while gentleness scarcely ever fails.
      - [Gentleness]

God has scattered several degrees of pleasure and pain in all the things that environ and affect us, and blended them together in almost all our thoughts.
      - [Pain]

God, having designed man for a sociable creature, furnished him with language, which was to be the instrument and cementer of society.
      - [Society]

Good qualities are the substantial riches of the mind; but it is good breeding that sets them off to advantage.
      - [Good Breeding]

Habits wear more constantly and with greatest force than reason, which, when we have most need of it, is seldom fairly consulted, and more rarely obeyed.
      - [Habit]

Happiness and misery are the names of two extremes, the utmost bounds whereof we know not.
      - [Happiness]

He must be little skilled in the world who thinks that men's talking much or little shall hold proportion only to their knowledge.
      - [Talking]

He that from childhood has made rising betimes familiar to him will not waste the best part of his life in drowsiness.
      - [Early Rising]

He that has complex ideas, without particular names for them, would be in no better case than a book-seller who had volumes that lay unbound and without titles, which he could make known to others only by showing the loose sheets.
      - [Names]

He that takes away reason to make way for revelation puts out the light of both, and does much the same as if he would persuade a man to put out his eyes, the better to receive the remote light of an invisible star by a telescope.
      - [Reason]

He that will make a good use of any part of his life must allow a large portion of it to recreation.
      - [Recreation]

Hope is that pleasure of the mind which every one finds in himself upon the thought of a probable future enjoyment of a thing which is apt to delight him.
      - [Hope]

However slow the progress of mankind may be, or however imperceptible the gain in a single generation, the advancement is evident enough in the long run. There was a time when the most part of the inhabitants of Britain would have been as much startled at questioning the truth of the doctrine of transubstantiation as they would in this age at the most sceptical doubts on the being of a God.
      - [Progress]

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of the thoughts.
      - [Action]

I would not have children much beaten for their faults, because I would not have them think bodily pain the greatest punishment.
      - [Children]

If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty.
      - [Falsehood]

If authors cannot be prevailed upon to keep close to truth and instruction, by unvaried terms, and plain, unsophisticated argument, yet it concerns readers not to be imposed on.
      - [Authorship]

If men were weaned from their sauntering humor, wherein they let a good part of their lives run uselessly away, they would acquire skill in hundreds of things.
      - [Indolence]

If punishment makes not the will supple it hardens the offender.
      - [Punishment]

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
      - [Punishment]

If there remains an eternity to us after the short revolution of time we so swiftly run over here, 'tis clear that all the happiness that can be imagined in this fleeting state is not valuable in respect of the future.
      - [Eternity]

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