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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

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




Translation

Translation

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French
Si fort que les hommes soient gouvernés par l'intérêt, cet intérêt même et toutes les affaires humaines, sont entièrement gouvernés par l'opinion.

German
Sosehr die Menschen von ihren Interessen geleitet sein mögen, sind doch auch das Interesse selbst und alle menschlichen Angelegenheiten völlig geleitet von Meinung.




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Interest speaks all sorts of tongues and plays all sorts of characters; even that of disinterestedness.
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All men are liable to error and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
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The virtues lose themselves in interest as the rivers are lost in the sea.
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Reason does not know the interests of the heart.
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Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
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Quotes for: opinion


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Quotes for: opinion


I think my opinions are good and sound, but who does not think the same of his own?
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Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
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Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken: the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.
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Article X – No one may be disturbed for his opinions, even religious ones, provided that their manifestation does not trouble the public order established by the law.
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Article XI – The free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: any citizen thus may speak, write, print freely, except to respond to the abuse of this liberty, in the cases determined by the law.
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So many men, so many opinions.
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Nature is always too strong for principle.
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Happy, if we can unite the boundaries of the different species of philosophy, by reconciling profound enquiry with clearness, and truth with novelty!
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Good sense and genius beget esteem and regard: Wit and humour excite love and affection.
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Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.
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A propensity to hope and joy is real riches: One to fear and sorrow, real poverty.
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Beauty is no quality in things themselves : It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them ; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
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