The imagination of man is naturally sublime, delighted with whatever is remote and extraordinary, and running, without control, into the most distant parts of space and time in order to avoid the objects, which custom has rendered too familiar to it.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, sect. 12 ("Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy"), part 3, p. 162, ed. L. Selby-Bigge, M.A., 2nd edition, London, Oxford University Press (1902).