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David Hume – A set of harmless liars

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David HumeThere is a set of harmless liars, frequently to be met with in company, who deal much in the marvelous. Their usual intention is to please and entertain; but as men are most delighted with what they conceive to be the truth, these people mistake the means of pleasing, and incur universal blame.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Dorothy Parker – In youth, it was a way I had

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In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.

Dorothy Parker  

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David Hume – Harder to avoid censure that gain applause

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David HumeIt is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age. But to escape censure a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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