No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery and you lose for certain and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace easy taxes and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
To feel much for others and little for ourselves to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections constitute the perfection of human nature.
Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.
No complaint… is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
Labour was the first price the original purchase – money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver but by labour that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.
Labor was the first price the original purchase – money that was paid for all things.
As soon as the land of any country has all become private property the landlords like all other men love to reap where they never sowed and demand a rent even for its natural produce.
This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
Poor David Hume is dying fast but with more real cheerfulness and good humor and with more real resignation to the necessary course of things than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended resignation to the will of God.
Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health out of debt and has a clear conscience?
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.