Quotation by David Hume

Were a man, whom I know to be honest and opulent, and with whom I live in intimate friendship, to come into my house, where I am surrounded with my servants, I rest assured, that he is not to stab me before he leaves it, in order to rob me of my silver standish; and I no more suspect this event, than the falling of the house itself which is new, and solidly built and founded.—But he may have been seized with a sudden and unknown frenzy.—So may a sudden earthquake arise, and shake and tumble my house about my ears.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, sect. 8 ("Of Liberty and Necessity"), part 1, p. 91, ed. L. Selby-Bigge, M.A., 2nd edition, London, Oxford University Press (1902).

From "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding."
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