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David Hume
May 7, 1711 - August 25, 1776
Nationality: Scottish
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Scottish Philosopher

What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.


There is not to be found, in all history, any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men, of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves.


Everything in the world is purchased by labor.


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


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


This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.


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.


Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.


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


Custom is the great guide to human life.


Avarice, the spur of industry.


Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.


Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.


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