David Hume Top 10 Quotes


Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.

David Hume (Of the Standard of Taste, 1757)


But the life of a man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.

David Hume (On Suicide, 1783)


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

David Hume (Of the First Principles of Government)


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.

David Hume (An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748)


A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.

David Hume (Of the Study of History, 1741)


Art may make a suit of clothes; but nature must produce a man.

David Hume


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

David Hume (The Natural History of Religion, 1757)


A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.

David Hume (An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748)


He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances.

David Hume (An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, 1751)


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

David Hume (An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748)

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David Hume Biography

Born: May 7, 1711
Died: August 25, 1776

David Hume was a famous Scottish philosopher, historian and writer. He is most commonly known for his philosophical theories. He is also regarded as one of the most important figures of Western Philosophy.

Notable Works

A Treatise of Human Nature (1739 - 1740)
Essays Moral and Political (1741 - 1742)
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)
An Enquiry Concerning The Principles of Morals (1751)
Four Disserations
The Natural History of Religion (1748)
The History of England
(1754 - 1762)

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