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All Things capable of Relation.       §7. Concerning Relation in general, these things may be con-
sidered:
First, That there is no one thing, whether simple Idea, Substance,
Mode, or Relation, or Name of either of them, which is not capable
of almost an infinite number of Considerations, in reference to other
things: and therefore this makes no small part of Men’s Thoughts
and Words. v.g. One single Man may at once be concerned in, and
sustain all these following Relations, and many more, viz. Father,
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Brother, Son, Grandfather, Grandson, Father-in-Law, Son-in-Law,
Husband, Friend, Enemy, Subject, General, Judge, Patron, Client,
Professor, European, English-man, Islander, Servant, Master,
Possessor, Captain, Superior, Inferior, Bigger, Less, Older, Younger,
Contemporary, Like, Unlike, etc. to an almost infinite number: he
being capable of as many Relations, as there can be occasions of
comparing him to other things, in any manner of agreement, dis-
agreement, or respect whatsoever: For, as I said, Relation is a way of
comparing, or considering two things together; and giving one, or
both of them, some appellation from that Comparison, and some-
times giving even the Relation it self a Name.
Locke Hum II, 25, §7, pp. 321-322