Sunday, August 29, 2004

A Locke on Sound Reasoning

Today is the birthday of John Locke, the English philosopher (1632-1704) who wrote that
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.

An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards.

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

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