16 April 2009

Wise Words

Reading some of John Adams's work reminded me of this passage from John Locke's 1690 Essay Concerning Human Understanding:

"The candle, that is set up in us, shines bright enough for all our purposes. The discoveries we can make with this, ought to satisfy us; and we shall then use our understandings right, when we entertain all objects in that way and proportion that they are suited to our faculties, and upon those grounds they are capable of being proposed to us, and not peremptorily, or intemperately require demonstration, and demand certainty, where probability only is to be had, and which is sufficient to govern all our concernments" (bk. 1, chap. 1, Introduction, sect. 5).

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