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David Hume

David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist and essayist.
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Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.

David Hume

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

David Hume

Beauty in things exist in the mind which contemplates them.

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Avarice, the spur of industry.

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Truth, springs from agrument amongst friends.

David Hume

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

David Hume

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

David Hume

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, "Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?" No. "Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?" No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

David Hume

Custom is the great guide of human life.

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Art may make a suit of clothes: but nature must produce a man.

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

David Hume

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

David Hume

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

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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

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

David Hume

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.

David Hume

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

David Hume

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

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

Custom is the great guide to human life.

David Hume

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

David Hume

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

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

David Hume

The law always limits every power it gives.

David Hume

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.

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