Quotation by David Hume

When the coherence of the parts of a stone, or even that composition of parts which renders it extended; when these familiar objects, I say, are so inexplicable, and contain circumstances so repugnant and contradictory; with what assurance can we decide concerning the origin of worlds, or trace their history from eternity to eternity?
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Philo to Cleanthes, in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, part 1, p. 131, ed. Norman Kemp Smith, Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill (1947).
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