Everything in the world is purchased by labor.

David Hume

David Hume

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Scottish

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Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

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.

History is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

The law always limits every power it gives.

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

Avarice, the spur of industry.

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