1711-1776. Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian who is one of the most important figures of Western philosophy and of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
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It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
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Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients: action, pleasure and indolence.
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Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
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Avarice, the spur of industry.
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The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.
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It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.
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Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
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And what is the greatest number? Number one.
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Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.
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