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The original of all our Knowledge.       §24. In time, the Mind comes to reflect on its own Operations,
about the Ideas got by Sensation, and thereby stores it self with a new
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set of Ideas, which I call Ideas of Reflection. These are the Impres-
sions that are made on our Senses by outward Objects, that are
extrinsical to the Mind; and its own Operations, proceeding from
Powers intrinsical and proper to it self, which when reflected on by
it self, become also Objects of its contemplation, are, as I have said,
the Original of all Knowledge. Thus the first Capacity of Humane
Intellect, is, That the mind is fitted to receive the Impressions made
on it; either, through the Senses, by outward Objects; or by its own
Operations, when it reflects on them. This is the first step a Man
makes towards the Discovery of any thing, and the Groundwork,
whereon to build all those Notions, which ever he shall have
naturally in this World. All those sublime Thoughts, which towre
above the Clouds, and reach as high as Heaven it self, take their
Rise and Footing here: In all that great Extent wherein the mind
wanders, in those remote Speculations, it may seem to be elevated
with, it stirs not one jot beyond those Ideas, which Sense or Reflection,
have offered for its Contemplation.
Locke Hum II, 1, §24, pp. 117-118