Category: David Hume

“Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the desires or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues their understanding.”

David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

“Improvements in reason and philosophy can only be owing to a land of liberty.” – David Hume

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

“Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object than what the imagination alone is able to attain” – David Hume

“The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.” – David Hume

“Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.” – David Hume

“Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment.” – David Hume

“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” – David Hume

“The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.” – David Hume

“No object ever discovers, by the qualities which appear to the senses, the causes which produced it, or the effects which will arise from it.” – David Hume