Quotation by David Hume

To invent without scruple a new principle to every new phenomenon, instead of adapting it to the old; to overload our hypothesis with a variety of this kind, are certain proofs that none of these principles is the just one, and that we only desire, by a number of falsehoods, to cover our ignorance of the truth.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. A Treatise of Human Nature, bk. 2, part 1, sect. 3, p. 282, ed. P. Nidditch, 2nd edition, New York, Oxford University Press (1978).
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