David Hume Quotes and Sayings

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David Hume (born David Home; 7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Hume's empiricist approach to philosophy places him with John Locke, Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes as a British Empiricist.

"Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches. "

"Everything in the world is purchased by labor. "

"Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived. "

"And what is the greatest number? Number one. "

"Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. "

"Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions. "

"This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society. "

"A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century. "

"It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave. "

"Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other. "

"Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue. "

"Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence. "

"The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue. "

"I have written on all sorts of subjects… yet I have no enemies; except indeed all the Whigs, all the Tories, and all the Christians. "

"Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding. "

"Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals. "

"The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason."

"It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. "

"Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge. "

"There is not to be found, in all history, any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men, of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves. "

"It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom. "

"What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought’. "

"The chief benefit, which results from philosophy, arises in an indirect manner, and proceeds more from its secret, insensible influence, than from its immediate application. "

"The law always limits every power it gives. "

"Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man. "

"There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it. "

"To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters, the first and most essential to being a sound, believing Christian. "

"A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker. "

"Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it. "

"The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one. "

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