Quotation by David Hume

Every disastrous accident alarms us, and sets us on enquiries concerning the principles whence it arose: Apprehensions spring up with regard to futurity: And the mind, sunk into diffidence, terror, and melancholy, has recourse to every method of appeasing those secret intelligent powers, on whom our fortune is supposed entirely to depend.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. The Natural History of Religion, sect. 3, p. 318, Green and Grose (1898).
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