The many instances of forged miracles, and prophecies, and supernatural events, which, in all ages, have either been detected by contrary evidence, or which detect themselves by their absurdity, prove sufficiently the strong propensity of mankind to
Quote by David Hume
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
In public affairs men are often better pleased that the truth, though known to everybody,...
Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly...
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
I may venture to affirm the rest of mankind, that they are nothing but a...
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
Avarice, the spur of industry.
That the sun will not rise to-morrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies...
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can...
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never...
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this...
This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is...
Custom is the great guide to human life
Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable...
What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.
But I would still reply, that the knavery and folly of men are such common...
The law of grab is the primal law of infancy
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it...