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Avarice, the spur of industry.


A propensity to hope and joy is real riches.
— David Hume
All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion.
— David Hume
Be a philosopher; but amidst all your philosophy be still a man.
— David Hume
Generally speaking, the errors of religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

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

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I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men and his aversion to lean ones.
— David Hume


Of all crimes that human creatures are capable of committing, the most horrid and unnatural is ingratitude, especially when it is committed against parents.


Nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
— David Hume


No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.
— David Hume


Where ambition can be so happy as to cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of all human passions.


Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues their understanding.

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Probability is founded on the presumption of a resemblance between those objects of which we have had experience and those of which we have had none; and therefore it is impossible that this presumption can arise from probability.