David Hume

Scottish philosopher whose sceptical philosophy restricted human knowledge to that which can be perceived by the senses (1711-1776)

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Among well bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.
And what is the greatest number? Number one.
Art may make a suit of clothes but nature must produce a man.
Art may make a suit of clothes: but nature must produce a man.
Avarice, the spur of industry.
Beauty in things exist in the mind which contemplates them.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Custom is the great guide of human life.
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.
History is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature.
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.
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
The great end of all human industry is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modeled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object of his being.
The great end of all human industry, is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modelled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object, of his being.
The law always limits every power it gives.
Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
Truth, springs from agrument amongst friends.

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