David Hume Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

How David Hume Helped Me Solve My Midlife Crisis - The Atlantic

This 17th-century Scottish philosopher, historian, economist and essayist known for creating systems within empiricism, scepticism and naturalism. His work has countless others in utilitarianism, logical positivism, the philosophy of science, early analytic philosophy, cognitive science, theology, amongst much more! Previously quoting Immanuel Kant, he said Hume awakened him out of his “dogmatic slumbers”

  • The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster. David Hume
  • Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected. David Hume
  • 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
  • Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness. David Hume
  • The fact that different cultures have different practices no more refutes [moral] objectivism than the fact that water flows in different directions in different places refutes the law of gravity David Hume
  • Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions. David Hume
  • The ideas of cause and effect comes from the experience that informs us that such particular objects in all past cases, are conjoined with others when we pass from the impression of an object to the idea another, we are determined not by reason but by custom or principle of association David Hume
  • It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause David Hume
  • The most lively thought is still inferior to the dullest sensation David Hume
  • When principles are so absurd and so destructive of human society, it may safely be averred, that the more sincere and the more disinterested they are, they only become the more ridiculous and the more odious. David Hume
  • [R]evolutions of government cannot be effected by the mere force of argument and reasoning; David Hume
  • The Crusades – the most signal and most durable monument of human folly that has yet appeared in any age or nation David Hume
  • It is, therefore, a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave. David Hume
  • A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker. David Hume
  • The virtues of valor and love of liberty; the only virtues which can have place among an uncivilized people, where justice and humanity are commonly neglected. David Hume
  • Beyond the constant conjunction of similar objects, and the consequent inference from one to the other, we have no notion of any necessity, or connexion. David Hume
  • The identity that we ascribe to things is only a fictitious one, established by the mind, not a peculiar nature belonging to what we’re talking about David Hume
  • I never knew anyone, that examined and deliberated about nonsense, who did not believe it before the end of his enquiries. 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
  • To be a philosophical Sceptic is the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian. David Hume
  • …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. David Hume
  • Most likely hundred of more!

Listing his more notable ideas I want to investigate more: Moral Sentiments, Personal Identity, Association of ideas, Bundle Theory, Problem of causation, Inductive reasoning, Hume’s fork, Fact-value distinction, Problem of induction, constant conjunction, Is-ought problem, Impression-idea distinction, the science of man and many more.



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