John Locke quote about passion from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding - All men are liable to error, and most men are in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
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All men are liable to error, and most men are in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
 John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). copy citation

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“The tenet has had the attestation of reverend antiquity; it comes to me with the passport of former ages, and therefore I am secure in the reception I give it: other men have been and are of the same opinion, (for that is all is said,) and therefore it is reasonable for me to embrace it. A man may more justifiably throw up cross and pile for his opinions, than take them up by such measures. All men are liable to error, and most men are in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. If we could but see the secret motives that influenced the men of name and learning in the world, and the leaders of parties, we should not always find that it was the embracing of truth for its own sake, that made them espouse the doctrines they owned and maintained.” source

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