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All Ideas come from Sensation or Reflection.       §2. Let us then suppose the Mind to be, as we say, white Paper,
void of all Characters, without any Ideas ; How comes it to be fur-
nished? Whence comes it by that vast store, which the busy and
boundless Fancy of man has painted on it, with an almost endless
variety? Whence has it all the materials of Reason and Knowledge?
To this I answer, in one word, From Experience : In that, all our
Knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives it self.
Our Observation employ’d either about external, sensible Objects; or
about the internal Operations of our Minds, perceived and reflected on by our
selves, is that, which supplies our Understandings with all the materials of
thinking. These two are the Fountains of Knowledge, from whence all
the Ideas we have, or can naturally have, do spring.
Locke Hum II, 1, §2, p. 104