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Book II

Chapter I

Of Ideas in general, and their Original.

Idea is the Object of Thinking.       §1. Every Man being conscious to himself, That he thinks, and
that which his Mind is employ’d about whilst thinking, being the
Ideas, that are there,’tis past doubt, that Men have in their Minds
several Ideas, such as are those expressed by the words, Whiteness,
Hardness, Sweetness, Thinking, Motion, Man, Elephant, Army, Drunken-
ness, and others: It is in the first place then to be enquired, How he
comes by them? I know it is a received Doctrine, That Men have
native Ideas, and original Characters stamped upon their Minds, in
their very first Being. This Opinion I have at large examined
already; and, I suppose, what I have said in the fore-going Book, will
be much more easily admitted, when I have shewn, whence the
Understanding may get all the Ideas it has, and by what ways and
degrees they may come into the Mind; for which I shall appeal to
every one’s own Observation and Experience.
Locke Hum II, 1, §1, p. 104