David Hume

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

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

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Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.David Hume

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

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Truth springs from argument amongst friends.David Hume

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The law always limits every power it gives.David Hume

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.David Hume

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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.David Hume

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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

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Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.David Hume

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.David Hume

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It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.David Hume

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

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