David Hume Quotes

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

David Hume

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

David Hume

Luxury is a word of uncertain signification, and may be taken in a good as in a bad sense

David Hume

The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.

David Hume

What praise is implied in the simple epithet useful! What reproach in the contrary

David Hume

Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature.

David Hume

Let us consider what we call vicious luxury. No gratification, however sensual, can of itself be esteemed vicious. A gratification is only vicious when it engrosses all a man's expense, and leaves no ability for such acts of duty and generosity as are required by his situation and fortune. The same care and toil that raise a dish of peas at Christmas would give bread to a whole family during six months.

David Hume

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.

David Hume

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

David Hume

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.

David Hume

Men often act knowingly against their interest.

David Hume

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous

David Hume

Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel.

David Hume

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.

David Hume

It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.

David Hume

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

David Hume
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