David Hume Quotes

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David Hume (1711-76) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist. He is being regarded as one of the most important figures in Western philosophy history. Here i have compiled down some of the famous David Hume quotes. So if you are searching for David hume quotes, now you don't need to be. Just hope you will like the quote compilation and learn something inspirational from his words.

No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.
David Hume

The truth springs from arguments amongst friends.
David Hume

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper, but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to his circumstance.
David Hume

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
David Hume

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

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

it is possible for the same thing both to be and not to be.
David Hume

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.
David Hume

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.
David Hume

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

No conclusion can be more agreable to scepticism than such as make discoveries concerning the weakness and narrow limites of human reason and capacity
David Hume

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

The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian
David Hume

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.
David Hume

All sentiment is right; because sentiment has a reference to nothing beyond itself, and is always real, wherever a man is conscious of it. But all determinations of the understanding are not right; because they have a reference to something beyond themselves, to wit, real matter of fact; and are not always conformable to that standard.
David Hume

Liberty of any kind is never lost all at once.
David Hume

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

I never knew anyone, that examined and deliberated about nonsense, who did not believe it before the end of his enquiries.
David Hume, Selected Essays

We make allowance for a certain degree of selfishness in men; because we know it to be inseparable from human nature, and inherent in our frame and constitution. By this reflexion we correct those sentiments of blame, which so naturally arise upon any opposition.
David Hume

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

Carelessness and in-attention alone can afford us any remedy. For this reason I rely entirely upon them.
David Hume

To philosopher and historian the madness and imbecile wickedness of mankind ought to appear ordinary events.
David Hume

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

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

As every inquiry which regards religion is of the utmost importance, there are two questions in particular which challenge our attention, to wit, that concerning its foundation in reason, and that concerning it origin in human nature.
David Hume

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

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

[R]evolutions of government cannot be effected by the mere force of argument and reasoning.
David Hume

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

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
David Hume
 
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