Quotation by David Hume

Upon the whole, necessity is something, that exists in the mind, not in objects; nor is it possible for us ever to form the most distant idea of it, consider'd as a quality in bodies. Either we have no idea of necessity, or necessity is nothing but that determination of thought to pass from cause to effects and effects to causes, according to their experienc'd union.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. A Treatise of Human Nature, bk. I, part iii, p. 165, ed. Selby-Bigge, Oxford (1951).
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