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Biography - David Hume:

Scottish philosopher, historian and economist.
Born: 1711 - Died: 1776
Period:
18th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Custom, then, is the great guide to human life.



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"Custom, then, is the great guide of human life. It is that principle alone which renders our experience useful to us, and makes us expect, for the future, a similar train of events with those which have appeared in the past. Without the influence of custom, we should be entirely ignorant of every matter of fact beyond what is immediately present to the memory and senses. We should never know how to adjust means to ends, or to employ our natural powers in the production of any effect. There would be an end at once of all action, as well as of the chief part of speculation."


Source: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Internet - Archive - An enquiry concerning human understanding by Hume, David (en) 




Translation

Translation

(German, French)



German
Gewohnheit ist der große Führer im Menschenleben.

French
L'habitude est le grand guide de la vie humaine.




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Quotes for: life


Quotes

Quotes about life:


As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.





Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.





A happy life, therefore, is one which is in accordance with its own nature.





There is more to life than increasing its speed.





To live means to love, but above all, to love life.





Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.











Quotes for: habit


Quotes

Quotes for: habit


Custom is second nature.





The time at our disposal each day is elastic the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.





While love may overcome death, it happens that a small, mean habit can overcome love.





Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.





Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.





Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.











Quotes

David Hume also said...


Though men be much governed by interest; yet even interest itself, and all human affairs, are entirely governed by opinion.





Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.





Nature is always too strong for principle.





Happy, if we can unite the boundaries of the different species of philosophy, by reconciling profound enquiry with clearness, and truth with novelty!





Good sense and genius beget esteem and regard: Wit and humour excite love and affection.





A propensity to hope and joy is real riches: One to fear and sorrow, real poverty.












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