David Hume Quotes and Sayings Inspirational Selection

{SCA} David Hume (7 May 1711 [26 April O.S.] – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, economist, historian and an important figure in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment.

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. David Hume

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

4. 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.

5. David Hume

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

6. David Hume

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

7. 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.

8. David Hume

No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.

9. David Hume

Men often act knowingly against their interest.

10. David Hume

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

11. David Hume

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

12. David Hume

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

13. David Hume

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

14. David Hume

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

15. David Hume

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

16. David Hume

Everything in the world is purchased by labor.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. David Hume

Custom is the great guide to human life.

20. David Hume

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.

21. 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.

22. David Hume

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

23. David Hume

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

24. David Hume

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

25. David Hume

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