Quotation by David Hume

The great end of all human industry is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modelled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object of his being.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher, historian. repr. In The Philosophical Works of David Hume, vol. 3 (1826). "The Stoic," pt. 1, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary (1742).
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