This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.
The real and effectual discipline which is exercised over a workman is that of his customers. It is the fear of losing their employment which restrains his frauds and corrects his negligence.
The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts, and persist in doing so, generation after generation, through all changes of opinion and detail, is the one that must rule all observation.
Labor was the first price, the original purchase – money that was paid for all things.
Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
Poor David Hume is dying fast, but with more real cheerfulness and good humor and with more real resignation to the necessary course of things, than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended resignation to the will of God.
With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
All money is a matter of belief.
I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.
On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.