David Hume

David Hume

Scottish Philosopher, Historian

Lived from: 1711-1776

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    A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.
    Source: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)
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    And what is the greatest number? Number one.

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    Avarice, the spur of industry.
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    Be a philosopher, but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.
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    Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
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    Custom is the great guide to human life.


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    Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.
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    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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    Everything in the world is purchased by labor.
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    Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
    Source: A Treatise of Human Nature
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    He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
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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.
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    It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause.
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    It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.
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    It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
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