30 David Hume Quotes on Nature and Affirmation

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.

He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.

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.

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.

To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.

Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.

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

And what is the greatest number? Number one.

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.

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

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

It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.

No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.

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

No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.

There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.

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

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue.

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

Custom is the great guide to human life.

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

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

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