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Quotations From DAVID HUME

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  • 41.
    Obscurity, indeed, is painful to the mind as well as to the eye; but to bring light from obscurity, by whatever labour, must needs be delightful and rejoicing.
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, sect. 1 ("Of the Different Species of Philosophy"), p. 11, ed. L. Selby-Bigge, M.A., 2nd edition, London, Oxford University Press (1902). From "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding."

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  • 42.
    Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, sect. 5 ("Sceptical Solution of these Doubts"), part 2, p. 49, ed. L. Selby-Bigge, M.A., 2nd edition, London, Oxford University Press (1902). From "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding."

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  • 43.
    Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, sect. 12 ("Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy"), part 3, p. 165, ed. L. Selby-Bigge, M.A., 2nd edition, London, Oxford University Press (1902). From "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding."

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  • 44.
    Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. A Treatise of Human Nature, bk. I, part iv, sec. vii, p. 272, ed. Selby-Bigge, Oxford (1951).
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