Quotation by David Hume

It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. It is not contrary to reason for me to choose my total ruin, to prevent the least uneasiness of an Indian, or person wholly unknown to me. It is as little contrary to reason to prefer even my own acknowledged lesser good to my greater, and have a more ardent affection for the former than the latter.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. A Treatise of Human Nature, bk. 2, part 3, sect. 3, p. 415, ed. P. Nidditch, 2nd edition, New York, Oxford University Press (1978).
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