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David Hume

Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float between vice and virtue.

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.

There is an inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself.

Portrait of David Hume

David Hume (1711 – 1776) was a Scottish philosopher known for his philosophical empiricism and scepticism. In stark opposition to the rationalists, he concluded that desire rather than reason governed human behaviour. He also argued against the existence of innate ideas, concluding instead that humans have knowledge only of things they directly experience.

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Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

What we call a mind is nothing but a heap or collection of different perceptions, united together by certain relations.