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David Hume Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2020
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In public affairs men are often better pleased that the truth, though known to everybody, should be wrapped up under a decent cover than if it were exposed in open daylight to the eyes of all the world.
Beauty in things lies in the mind which contemplates them.
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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
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
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Avarice, the spur of industry
The many instances of forged miracles, and prophecies, and supernatural events, which, in all ages, have either been detected by contrary evidence, or which detect themselves by their absurdity, prove sufficiently the strong propensity of mankind to
A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere the careless, the most stupid thinker
Custom is the great guide to human life
He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances
When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities
What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.
To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.
To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters, the first and most essential to being a sound, believing Christian.
This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.
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.
The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.
The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
The law always limits every power it gives.
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
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