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Are not easy.
      §2. I am not so vain to think, that any one can pretend to attempt
the perfect Reforming the Languages of the world, no not so much
as that of his own Country, without rendring himself ridiculous. To
require that Men should use their words constantly in the same
sense, and for none but determined and uniform Ideas, would be to
think, that all Men should have the same Notions, and should talk
of nothing but what they have clear and distinct Ideas of. Which is
not to be expected by any one, who hath not vanity enough to
imagine he can prevail with Men, to be very knowing, or very
silent. And he must be very little skill’d in the world, who thinks
that a voluble Tongue, shall accompany only a good Understand-
ing; or that Men’s talking much or little, shall hold proportion only
to their Knowledge.
Locke Hum III, 11, §2, p. 509