Quotes by Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson

Scottish philosopher and historian

Alive from: 1723-1816

Category: History and sociology | Philosophers

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    Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society
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    In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society
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    Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
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    Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.
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    Mankind have always wandered or settled, agreed or quarrelled, in troops and companies.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society I, III
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    The artist finds, that the more he can confine his attention to a particular part of any work, his productions are the more perfect, and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.
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    The attainments of the parent do not descend in the blood of his children, nor is the progress of man to be considered as a physical mutation of the species.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society I,I
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    The cunning man uses deceit, but the more cunning man shuns deception.
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    The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society
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    We are fond of distinctions; we place ourselves in opposition, and quarrel under the denominations of faction and party, without any material subject of controversy.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society
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