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David Hume Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Beauty

And what is the greatest number? Number one.
- David Hume

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

To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters,
the first and most essential to being a sound,
believing Christian.
- David Hume

 

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

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

That the sun will not rise to-morrow is no less intelligible a proposition,
and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation,
that it will rise.
- David Hume

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

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

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

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
- David Hume

Custom is the great guide to human life.
- David Hume

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

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

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

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

No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.
- David Hume

The law always limits every power it gives.
- David Hume

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty is no quality in things themselves.
It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.
- David Hume

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

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

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

Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason,
will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.
- David Hume

Avarice, the spur of industry.
- David Hume

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

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

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

I have written on all sorts of subjects...
yet I have no enemies; except indeed all the Whigs,
all the Tories, and all the Christians.
- David Hume

Men often act knowingly against their interest.
- David Hume

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

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

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds,
as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding,
and as it strengthens virtue.
- David Hume

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
- David Hume

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

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.
- David Hume

The chief benefit, which results from philosophy,
arises in an indirect manner, and proceeds more from its secret,
insensible influence, than from its immediate application.
- David Hume

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

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
- David Hume

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

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

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

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

Everything in the world is purchased by labor.
- 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

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

Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room
for reason or reflection,
but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections,
captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
- David Hume

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.
- David Hume

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- Anonymous

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith

The most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Beauty is whatever gives joy.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

See beauty in the familiar.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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