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Quotation by David Hume
If morality had naturally no influence on human passions and actions, it were in vain to take such pains to inculcate it; and nothing would be more fruitless than that multitude of rules and precepts with which all moralists abound.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. A Treatise of Human Nature, bk. 3, part 1, sect. 1, p. 457, ed. P. Nidditch, 2nd edition, New York, Oxford University Press (1978).
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