Quotation by David Hume

Labour and poverty, so abhorred by every one, are the certain lot of the far greater number: And those few privileged persons, who enjoy ease and opulence, never reach contentment or true felicity. All the goods of life united would not make a very happy man: But all the ills united would make a wretch indeed; and any one of them almost (and who can be free from every one), nay often the absence of one good (and who can possess all) is sufficient to render life ineligible.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Demea, in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, part 10, p. 196, ed. Norman Kemp Smith, Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill (1947).
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