John Locke quote about understanding from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding - He that uses his words loosely and unsteadily will either be not minded or not understood.
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He that uses his words loosely and unsteadily will either be not minded or not understood.
 John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). copy citation

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“He that hath names without ideas, wants meaning in his words, and speaks only empty sounds. He that hath complex ideas without names for them, wants liberty and dispatch in his expressions, and is necessitated to use periphrases. He that uses his words loosely and unsteadily will either be not minded or not understood. He that applies his names to ideas different from their common use, wants propriety in his language, and speaks gibberish. And he that hath the ideas of substances disagreeing with the real existence of things, so far wants the materials of true knowledge in his understanding, and hath instead thereof chimeras.” source

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