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"The Understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things takes no notice of itself..." (Book I, Chapter 1, 1)

"The candle that is set up in us shines bright enough for all our purposes." (Book I, Chapter 1, 3)

"I think there cannot be any one moral rule produced whereof a man may not justly demand a reason; which would be perfectly ridiculous and absurd if they were innate..." (Book I, Chapter 3, 19)

"Pound and Almond, and the clear white colour will be altered into a dirty one, and the sweet taste into an oily one." (Book II, Chapter 8, 61)

"This is memory, which is as it were the storehouse of our ideas." (Book II, Chapter 10, 69)

"The pictures drawn in our minds are laid in fading colors, and if not sometimes refreshed, vanish and disappear." (Book II, Chapter 10, 71)

"Things then are good or evil only in reference to pleasure or pain." (Book II, Chapter 20, 101)

"Voluntary then is not opposed to necessary, but to involuntary." (Book II, Chapter 21, 110)

"For Powers are relations, not agents; and that which has the power, or not the power to operate, is that alone which is or is not free, and not the power itself." (Book II, Chapter 21, 113)

"...every man has so inviolable a liberty to make words stand for what ideas he pleases that no one hath the power to make others have the same ideas in their minds." (Book III, Chapter 3, 210)

"Where this perception is, there is knowledge; and where it is not, there, though we may fancy, guess, or believe, yet we always come short of knowledge." (Book IV, Chapter 1, 267)

"I find every sect, as far as reason will help them, make use of it gladly; and where it fails them, they cry out, it is a matter of faith, and above reason." (Book IV, Chapter 18, 378)

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