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Ambition
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-David Hume
Certainty
Engrave this Quote When men are the most sure and arrogant they are commonly the most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation and suspense which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.
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Chance
Engrave this Quote He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
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Character
Engrave this Quote Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
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Comedy
Engrave this Quote A pleasant comedy, which paints the manners of the age, and exposes a faithful picture of nature, is a durable work, and is transmitted to the latest posterity. But a system, whether physical or metaphysical, commonly owes its success to its novelty; and is no sooner canvassed with impartiality than its weakness is discovered.
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-David Hume, The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688, vol. 6, p. 153, Indianapolis (1983)
Competition
Engrave this Quote And what is the greatest number? Number one.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Customs
Engrave this Quote Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.
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Death
Engrave this Quote Doctor, as I believe you would not choose to tell any thing but the truth, you had better tell him, that I am dying as fast as my enemies, if I have any, could wish, and as easily and cheerfully as my best friends could desire.
the him referred to is his friend Colonel Edmondstone
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-David Hume, Letter From Adam Smith, LL.D. to William Strachan, Esq.
Genius
Engrave this Quote The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.
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Government
Engrave this Quote Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
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Greed
Engrave this Quote Avarice, the spur of industry.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote 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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Ideas
Engrave this Quote Apart from the representational content of an idea there is another component: its force and vivacity, its impetus.
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-David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature
Liberty
Engrave this Quote It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
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Life
Engrave this Quote It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.
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Manners
Engrave this Quote 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 eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.
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Power
Engrave this Quote The law always limits every power it gives.
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Thought
Engrave this Quote Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
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Engrave this Quote What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.
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Women
Engrave this Quote On the theory of the soul
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