John LockeJohn Locke, (1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist

John Locke Quote

“All men by nature are equal in that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man; being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.”

John LockeJohn Locke
~ John Locke

Second Treatise on Government (Chapter 2) 1698

Ratings and Comments


jim k, Austin, Tx

As us Libertarians say, do what you will as long as it doesn't harm another person.

Mike, Norwalk

We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! ! The occupying statist theocracy now infesting this land is intensely antithetical to Locke' here stated truth, the law, lawful principle(s) and, original Constitution intended limitations.

Robert L. Davis, Neboville TN

Locke's insistence that the individual possessed God-given rights of which no government could deprive him is echoed in the first paragraph of the Declaration Of Independence. The writings of Locke were widely considered by the founding fathers or America and they formed their new government.

E Archer, NYC

The truth rings!

cal, Lewisville, Texas

I agree with Jim K and will add that each individual must face the consequences of his own choices.

Ronw13, Oregon

Universal, International, Natural law. Let every man, village, civil society, kingdom and nation take heed how they build upon that foundation. Philosophy and economics walk hand in hand, the hand that plunders their neighbor exposes their philosophy of contempt.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

Reality, rightly, elegantly and trenchantly rendered.

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