Top Ten Best David Hume Quotes & Written Works

David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist & essayist.

The Top Ten

1 The more exquisite any good is,of which a small specimen is afforded us,the sharper is the evil,allied to it;& few exceptions are found to this uniform law of nature... the most flattering hopes make way for the severest disappointments.
2 Abstruse thought & profound researches I [nature] prohibit,& will severely punish,by the pensive melancholy which they introduce... Be a philosopher;but,amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.
3 Hear the verbal protestations of all men: Nothing so certain as their religious tenets. Examine their lives: You will scarcely think that they repose the smallest confidence in them.
4 Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have there given reins to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense, which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.
5 Nothing appears more surprising to those,who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye,than..easiness with which the many are governed by the few;&the implicit submission,with which men resign their own sentiments&passions to those of their rulers.
6 It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.
7 If nature has been frugal in her gifts&endowments,there is..more need of art to supply her defects.If she has been generous&liberal,know that she still expects industry&application on our part,&revenges herself in proportion to our negligent ingratitude.
8 The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces, to its slothful owner, the most abundant crop of poisons.
9 Honour is a great check upon mankind:But where a considerable body of men act together,this check is..removed;since a man is sure to be approved of by his own party,for what promotes..common interest;&he soon learns to despise..clamours of adversaries.
10 Nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race... Indulge your passion for science,says she,but let your science be human, and such as may have a direct reference to action and society.
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