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David Hume Quotes: "Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few."

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.




David Hume Quotes: "Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them."

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.




David Hume Quotes: "A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.



David Hume Quotes: "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."

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.




David Hume Quotes: "The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster."

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



David Hume Quotes: "Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man."

Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.



David Hume Quotes: "A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty."

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.




David Hume Quotes: "All knowledge degenerates into probability."

All knowledge degenerates into probability.



David Hume Quotes: "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"

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



David Hume Quotes: "Mohammed praises [instances of] tretchery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, and bigotry that are utterly incompatible with civilized society."

Mohammed praises [instances of] tretchery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, and bigotry that are utterly incompatible with civilized society.



David Hume Quotes: "When I hear that a man is religious, I conclude he is a rascal!"

When I hear that a man is religious, I conclude he is a rascal!



David Hume Quotes: "In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies of liberty."

In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies of liberty.




David Hume Quotes: "No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion."

No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.



David Hume Quotes: "To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive."

To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.



David Hume Quotes: "The mind is a kind of theater, where several perceptions successively make their appearence; pass, re-pass, glide away, and mingle in an infinite variety of postures and situations."

The mind is a kind of theater, where several perceptions successively make their appearence; pass, re-pass, glide away, and mingle in an infinite variety of postures and situations.



David Hume Quotes: "He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance."

He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.



David Hume Quotes: "Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness."

Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.



David Hume Quotes: "All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion."

All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion.



David Hume Quotes: "The heart of man is made to reconcile the most glaring contradictions."

The heart of man is made to reconcile the most glaring contradictions.



David Hume Quotes: "Morals excite passions, and produce or prevent actions. Reason of itself is utterly impotent in this particular. The rules of morality, therefore, are not conclusions of our reason."

Morals excite passions, and produce or prevent actions. Reason of itself is utterly impotent in this particular. The rules of morality, therefore, are not conclusions of our reason.



David Hume Quotes: "A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century."

A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.



David Hume Quotes: "The Crusades - the most signal and most durable monument of human folly that has yet appeared in any age or nation."

The Crusades - the most signal and most durable monument of human folly that has yet appeared in any age or nation.



David Hume Quotes: "Habit may lead us to belief and expectation but not to the knowledge, and still less to the understanding, of lawful relations."

Habit may lead us to belief and expectation but not to the knowledge, and still less to the understanding, of lawful relations.



David Hume Quotes: "It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood."

It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.



David Hume Quotes: "Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients: action, pleasure and indolence."

Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients: action, pleasure and indolence.



David Hume Quotes: "It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom."

It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.



David Hume Quotes: "Custom is the great guide to human life."

Custom is the great guide to human life.



David Hume Quotes: "When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken."

When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken.



David Hume Quotes: "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."

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.



David Hume Quotes: "Nothing indeed can be a stronger presumption of falsehood than the approbation of the multitude."

Nothing indeed can be a stronger presumption of falsehood than the approbation of the multitude.



David Hume Quotes: "A little philosophy makes a man an Atheist: a great deal converts him to religion"

A little philosophy makes a man an Atheist: a great deal converts him to religion



David Hume Quotes: "Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain."

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.



David Hume Quotes: "Eloquence, when in its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection."

Eloquence, when in its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection.



David Hume Quotes: "Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are other than sick men's dreams."

Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are other than sick men's dreams.



David Hume Quotes: "Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge."

Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.



David Hume Quotes: "Any pride or haughtiness, is displeasing to us, merely because it shocks our own pride, and leads us by sympathy into comparison, which causes the disagreeable passion of humility."

Any pride or haughtiness, is displeasing to us, merely because it shocks our own pride, and leads us by sympathy into comparison, which causes the disagreeable passion of humility.



David Hume Quotes: "The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst."

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.



David Hume Quotes: "That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise."

That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.



David Hume Quotes: "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."

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.



David Hume Quotes: "Moving from an objective statement of fact to a subjective statement of value does not work, because it leaves open questions that have not been answered."

Moving from an objective statement of fact to a subjective statement of value does not work, because it leaves open questions that have not been answered.



David Hume Quotes: "Everything in the world is purchased by labor."

Everything in the world is purchased by labor.



David Hume Quotes: "Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches."

Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.



David Hume Quotes: "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."

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.



David Hume Quotes: "Heroism, or military glory, is much admired by the generality of mankind. They consider it as the most sublime kind of merit. Menof cool reflection are not so sanguine in their praises of it."

Heroism, or military glory, is much admired by the generality of mankind. They consider it as the most sublime kind of merit. Menof cool reflection are not so sanguine in their praises of it.



David Hume Quotes: "Weakness, fear, melancholy, together with ignorance, are the true sources of superstition. Hope, pride, presumption, a warm indignation, together with ignorance, are the true sources of enthusiasm."

Weakness, fear, melancholy, together with ignorance, are the true sources of superstition. Hope, pride, presumption, a warm indignation, together with ignorance, are the true sources of enthusiasm.



David Hume Quotes: "Liberty of thinking, and of expressing our thoughts, is always fatal to priestly power, and to those pious frauds on which it is commonly founded."

Liberty of thinking, and of expressing our thoughts, is always fatal to priestly power, and to those pious frauds on which it is commonly founded.



David Hume Quotes: "I do not have enough faith to believe there is no god."

I do not have enough faith to believe there is no god.



David Hume Quotes: "I am apt to suspect the Negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites. There scarcely ever was a civilization of their complexion, nor even any individual, eminent either in action or speculation."

I am apt to suspect the Negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites. There scarcely ever was a civilization of their complexion, nor even any individual, eminent either in action or speculation.



David Hume Quotes: "The identity that we ascribe to things is only a fictitious one, established by the mind, not a peculiar nature belonging to what we’re talking about."

The identity that we ascribe to things is only a fictitious one, established by the mind, not a peculiar nature belonging to what we’re talking about.