A Quote on Satisfaction


“What moves the mind, in every particular instance, to determine its general power of directing, to this or that particular motion or rest? To this I answer,–The motive for continuing in the same state or action, is only the present satisfaction in it; the motive to change is always some uneasiness; nothing setting us upon a change of state, or upon any new action, but some uneasiness. This is the great motive that works on the mind to put it upon action, which for shortness’ sake we will call determining the will.”

- John Locke



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