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Quote of David Hume - Beauty is no quality in things...


Biography - David Hume:

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

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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French
La beauté n'est pas une qualité inhérente aux choses elles-mêmes ; elle n'existe que dans l'esprit qui les contemple et chaque esprit perçoit une beauté différente.

German
Schönheit ist keine Eigenschaft der Dinge selbst. Sie existiert in dem Geist, der sie betrachtet, und jeder Geist nimmt eine andere Schönheit wahr.




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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.




Quotes for: beauty


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Quotes about beauty:


Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
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What beauty is, I know not.
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I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.
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Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
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I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
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To love beauty is to see light.
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Quotes for: thing


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Quotes about thing:


He is fortunate who had been able to learn the causes of things.
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There are certain things that we hide in order to reveal them.
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Conformity of the intellect to the things.
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Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
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It is valid to conclude from actuality to possibility, but not from possibility to actuality.
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
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Quotes for: mind


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Quotes about mind:


Hide your life and spread your spirit.
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A healthy mind in a healthy body.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
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My spirit yearns for action, my breath for freedom.
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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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Though men be much governed by interest; yet even interest itself, and all human affairs, are entirely governed by opinion.
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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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