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  • Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.
    (David Hume)

  • Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.
    (David Hume)

  • But I would still reply, that the knavery and folly of men are such common phenomena, that I should rather believe the most extraordinary events to arise from their concurrence, than admit of so signal a violation of the laws of nature
    (David Hume)

  • The law always limits every power it gives.
    (David Hume)

  • 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.
    (David Hume)


  • All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability.
    (David Hume)

  • Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.
    (David Hume)

  • When men are the most sure and arrogant they are commonly the most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation and suspense which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.
    (David Hume)

  • The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.
    (David Hume)

  • He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
    (David Hume)

  • Human life is more governed by fortune than by reason.
    (David Hume)

  • The sweetest path of life leads through the avenues of learning, and whoever can open up the way for another, ought, so far, to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.
    (David Hume)

  • It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
    (David Hume)

  • Upon the whole, then it seems undeniable, that nothing can bestow more merit on any human creature than the sentiment of benevolence in an eminent degree and that a part at least of its merit arises from its tendency to promote the interests of our
    (David Hume)

  • Even after the observation of the frequent conjunction of objects, we have no reason to draw any inference concerning any object beyond those of which we have had experience.
    (David Hume)


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