Quotation by David Hume

Were a stranger to drop on a sudden into this world, I would shew him, as a specimen of its ills, an hospital full of diseases, a prison crowded with malefactors and debtors, a field of battle strewed with carcases, a fleet foundering in the ocean, a nation languishing under tyranny, famine, or pestilence. To turn the gay side of life to him and give him a notion of its pleasures; whither should I conduct him? to a ball, to an opera, to court? He might justly think, that I was only shewing him a diversity of distress and sorrow.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Demea, in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, part 10, p. 196, ed. Norman Kemp Smith, Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill (1947).
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