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Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst. ---->>>

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason. ---->>>

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. ---->>>

To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.

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

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few. ---->>>

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.

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.

That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise. ---->>>

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

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster. ---->>>

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

No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish. ---->>>

Men often act knowingly against their interest.

Men often act knowingly against their interest.

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.

Truth springs from argument amongst friends. ---->>>

What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'. ---->>>

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

No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed. ---->>>

Avarice, the spur of industry. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The law always limits every power it gives. ---->>>

Custom is the great guide to human life. ---->>>

Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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 seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Scottish
Born: May 7, 1711
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Die: August 25, 1776
Occupation: Philosopher
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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 (wikipedia)