David Hume Quotes

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Born: April 26, 1711,
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Died: , August 25, 1776
Occupation: Author

1.
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.
- David Hume

2.
A propensity to hope and joy is real riches one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
- David Hume

3.
A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.
- David Hume

4.
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.
- David Hume

5.
Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.
- David Hume

6.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
- David Hume

7.
Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.
- David Hume

8.
Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
- David Hume

9.
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.
- David Hume

10.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous those in philosophy only ridiculous.
- David Hume

11.
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.
- David Hume

12.
Human Nature is the only science of man and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
- David Hume

13.
Men often act knowingly against their interest.
- David Hume

14.
Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
- David Hume

15.
Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.
- David Hume

16.
Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.
- David Hume

17.
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.
- David Hume

18.
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.
- David Hume

19.
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
- David Hume

20.
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.
- David Hume

21.
The law always limits every power it gives.
- David Hume

22.
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.
- David Hume

23.
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.
- David Hume

24.
This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.
- David Hume

25.
Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
- David Hume

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