Philosopher David Hume Quotes

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Quotations by David Hume   |

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

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

The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstructions in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought so far to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.

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

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

When anyone tells me, that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable, that this person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact, which he relates, should really have happened. I weigh the one miracle against the other; and according to the superiority, which I discover, I pronounce my decision, and always reject the greater miracle. If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous, than the event which he relates; then, and not till then, can he pretend to command my belief or opinion.

He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances.

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.

A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.

The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.

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

It is only from the selfishness and confined generosity of men, along with the scanty provision nature has made for his wants, that justice derives its origins.

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.

In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.

Extinguish all the warm feelings and prepossessions in favor of virtue, and all disgust or aversion to vice: render men totally indifferent towards these distinctions; and morality is no longer a practical study, nor has any tendency to regulate our lives and actions.

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.

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.

Art may make a suit of clothes; but nature must produce a man.

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

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

To be a philosophical Sceptic is the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian.

The Old Testament, ... if considered as a general rule of conduct, would lead to consequences destructive of all principles of humanity and morality.

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