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Its Idea from Reflection on the train of our Ideas.       §2. The Answer of a great Man, to one who asked what Time
was Si non rogas intelligo, St. Augustine, Confessions , XI, xiv. (which amounts to this; the more I set my
self to think of it, the less I understand it;) might perhaps perswade
one, That Time, which reveals all other things, is it self not to be
discovered. Duration, Time, and Eternity, are, not without reason,
thought to have something very abstruse in their nature. But
however remote these may seem from our Comprehension, yet if
we trace them right to their Originals, I doubt not but one of those
Sources of all our Knowledge, viz. Sensation and Reflection, will be
able to furnish us with these Ideas, as clear and distinct as many
other, which are thought much less obscure; and we shall find, that
the Idea of Eternity it self is derived from the same common Original
with the rest of our Ideas.
Locke Hum II, 14, §2, p. 181