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David Hume (1711-1776) quotes

 

  • A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.
  • A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
  • A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
  • Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
  • Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
  • Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leave little room for reason or reflection, but adresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
  • Everything in the world is purchased by labor.
  • He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
  • Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float between vice and virtue.
  • Human nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
  • It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
  • It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.
  • Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
  • Men often act knowingly against their interest.
  • No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.
  • Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
  • Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
  • The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
  • The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.
  • The law always limits every power it gives.
  • The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
  • Truth springs from argument amongst friends.