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Scottish Philosopher, Historian, Economist and Essayist. 1711-1776
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A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty
A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere the careless, the most stupid thinker
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence
All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability
Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagernes
And what is the greatest number? Number one.
Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity
Avarice, the spur of industry
Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them
But I would still reply, that the knavery and folly of men are such common phenomena, that I should rather believe the most extraordinary events to arise from their concurrence, than admit of so signal a violation of the laws of nature
Law and lawyersNature
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
Custom is the great guide to human life
Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.
Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
Everything in the world is purchased by labor
Doing Your Best
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous
He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances
Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients; action, pleasure and indolence. And though these ingredients ought to be mixed in different proportions, according to the disposition of the person, yet no one ingredient can be entirely wanting without destroying in some measure the relish of the whole composition. composition.
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