Quotation by John Locke

If anyone should be asked, what is the subject wherein color or weight inheres, he would have nothing to say but, the solid and extended parts. And if he were demanded, what is that solidity and extension inhere in, he would not be in a much better case than the Indian before mentioned, who, saying that the world was supported by a great elephant, was asked what the elephant rested on; to which his answer was, a great tortoise; but being again pressed to know what gave support to the broad- backed tortoise, replied—something, he knew not what.
John Locke (1632–1704), British empirical philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. II, ch. xxiii, pp. 295-296, ed. Peter H. Nidditch, Clarendon Press, Oxford (1979).

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