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

David Hume

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Scottish

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

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.

Avarice, the spur of industry, is so obstinate a passion, and works its way through so many real dangers and difficulties, that it is not likely to be scared by an imaginary danger, which is so small that it scarcely admits of calculation.

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.

Men often act knowingly against their interest.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

And what is the greatest number? Number one.

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.