David Hume Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old david hume quotes, david hume sayings, and david hume proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.      

David Hume

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.     

David Hume

If suicide be supposed a crime, 'tis only cowardice can impel us to it. If it be no crime, both prudence and courage should engage us to rid ourselves at once of existence, when it becomes a burden.     

David Hume

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.     

David Hume

Custom is the great guide to human life.     

David Hume

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

David Hume

That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.     

David Hume

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.     

David Hume

Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure.     

David Hume

Everything in the world is purchased by labor.     

David Hume

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

David Hume

No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.     

David Hume

A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence.     

David Hume

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.     

David Hume

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

David Hume

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

David Hume

The stability of modern governments above the ancient, and the accuracy of modern philosophy, have improved, and probably will still improve, by similar gradations.     

David Hume

And what is the greatest number? Number one.     

David Hume

Absolute monarchy is the easiest death, the true Euthanasia of the British constitution.     

David Hume

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.     

David Hume

The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury; because such taxes are least felt by the people. They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may choose how far he will use the commodity: They naturally produce sobriety and frugality, if judiciously imposed: And being confounded with the natural price of the commodity, they are scarcely perceived by the consumers. Their only disadvantage is that they are expensive in the levying.     

David Hume

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.     

David Hume

Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.     

David Hume

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

David Hume

Superstition is an enemy to civil liberty.     

David Hume

No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.     

David Hume

No human testimony can have such force as to prove a miracle, and make it a just foundation for any such system of religion.     

David Hume

It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.     

David Hume

The most lively thought is still inferior to the dullest sensation     

David Hume

It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.     

David Hume