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.

David Hume

David Hume

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Scottish

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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.

No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.

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

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.

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.

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.

Avarice, the spur of industry.

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

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

Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.

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

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

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.

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.