Inspirational David Hume Quotes

David Hume (7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist. This post features some Inspirational David Hume Quotes.

Hume is best known today for his highly influential system of radical philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Hume’s empiricist approach to philosophy places him with John Locke, George Berkeley, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Hobbes as a British Empiricist. Due to Hume’s vast influence on contemporary philosophy, a large number of approaches in contemporary philosophy and cognitive science are today called “Humean.”

David Hume Quotes
David Hume Quotes

David Hume 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

“The truth springs from arguments amongst friends.”
― David Hume

“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.”
― David Hume

“Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”
― David Hume

“Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.”
― David Hume

“Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.”
― David Hume

“No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.”
David Hume quotes

“A wise man apportions his beliefs to the evidence.”
― David Hume

“He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper, but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to his circumstance.”
― David Hume

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

“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.”
David Hume

“Liberty of any kind is never lost all at once.”
― David Hume

“Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of hobgoblins or fairies, and canvass particularly the evidence? I never knew anyone, that examined and deliberated about nonsense who did not believe it before the end of his enquiries.”
― 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 quotes

“Epicurus’s old questions are still unanswered: Is he (God) willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? then whence evil?”
― David Hume

“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”
― David Hume

“The bigotry of theologians [is] a malady which seems almost incurable.”
― David Hume

“The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstructions in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought so far to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.”
― David Hume

“The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.”
― 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

“Any pride or haughtiness, is displeasing to us, merely because it shocks our own pride, and leads us by sympathy into comparison, which causes the disagreeable passion of humility.”
― David Hume

“If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.”
― David Hume

“To philosopher and historian the madness and imbecile wickedness of mankind ought to appear ordinary events.”
― David Hume

“To be a philosophical Sceptic is the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian.”
― David Hume

“All sentiment is right; because sentiment has a reference to nothing beyond itself, and is always real, wherever a man is conscious of it. But all determinations of the understanding are not right; because they have a reference to something beyond themselves, to wit, real matter of fact; and are not always conformable to that standard.”
― David Hume

“Men’s views of things are the result of their understanding alone. Their conduct is regulated by their understanding, their temper, and their passions.”
― David Hume

“We make allowance for a certain degree of selfishness in men; because we know it to be inseparable from human nature, and inherent in our frame and constitution. By this reflexion we correct those sentiments of blame, which so naturally arise upon any opposition.”
― David Hume

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