David Hume Quotes
David Hume was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Read here best David Hume Quotes.
He had also introduced the concept of naturalism in philosophy. Hume studied at the University of Edinburgh but eventually quit since he did not feel that his professors had anything new to teach him and devoted his time to the study of philosophy.
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous David Hume Quotes, David Hume sayings, and David Hume proverbs.
David Hume Quotes
- Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
- Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
- Passion is a primitive existence or, if you will, a primitive mode of existence.
- A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
- No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.
- The belief is nothing but a design of an object more vivid, more alive, stronger, firmer, more stable than the imagination alone is ever able to get.
- The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.
- All our simple ideas in their first appearance are derived from simple impressions.
- Epicurus’s old questions are still unanswered: Is he (God) willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? then whence evil?
- Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
- The perceptions which enter with most force and violence, we can call them prints, and this term, I understand all our sensations, passions and emotions, as they make their first appearance in the soul.
- Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.
- Man is a rational being, and as such it receives its food science and his own food, but the boundaries of human understanding are so narrow they can not hope on this little appreciation for the extent and for the safety of its acquisitions.
- Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
- Everything in the world is purchased by labor.
- It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the world to the scratching of my finger.
- In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.
- That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.
- Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.
- Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
- The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
- 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.
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