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New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
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.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu : Nothing is in the understanding, which was not first perceived by some of the senses.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
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.
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