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1. "The path of destiny pulls you forward. It exhumes you from a state of being and propels you towards the juncture you were created for. A new frontier that you are forced to tread with a cross on your back, heavy as a boulder. When you fall to your knees at the hands of your betrayer, you can only hope to find the one sent to carry your burden -- shoulder the journey towards your final punishment.Sometimes duplicity and treason are markers of the enemy, and sometimes the failed intention of a masterful ally."
Author: Addison Moore
2. "A philosophy professor at my college, whose baby became enamored of the portrait of David Hume on a Penguin paperback, had the cover laminated in plastic so her daughter could cut her teeth on the great thinker."
Author: Anne Fadiman
3. "Generations of Humeans have… been misled into offering analyses of causation and of natural law that have been far too weak because they had no basis for accepting the existence of either cause and effect or natural laws… Hume's scepticism about cause and effect and his agnosticism about the external world are of course jettisoned the moment he leaves his study."
Author: Anthony Flew
4. "Il était presque toujours de bonne humeur, le reste du temps il dormait."
Author: Boris Vian
5. "To qualify as a Seeker, it was necessary to show a high serendipity factor. In my experimental behaviour pool as a child, I had exhibited such a factor, and had been selected for special training forthwith. I had taken additional courses in Philosophical, Alpha-humerals, Incidental Tetrachotomy, Apunctual Synchronicity, Homoontogenesis, and other subjects, ultimately qualifying as a Prime Esemplastic Seeker. In other words, I put two and two together in situations where other people were not thinking about addition. I connected. I made wholes greater than parts. Mine was an invaluable profession in a cosmos increasingly full of parts."
Author: Brian W. Aldiss
6. "But I can see that you are in pain, and that is the province of monsters. You drag your mother's corpse with you—it leaves a great furrow in the earth. If it is important enough to very rudely interrupt a woman who already owns two fingers she did not have this morning just to exhume those old bones, I will listen to you instead. It matters nothing to me. Believe me, it will not go easier for you if you come to feel warmly towards me because you have unburdened your soul. We have all the nights the world has ever made ahead of us. Speak of the dead in the dark, boy, and I will take her body from you, if you want to be rid of it."
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
7. "…elle ne pouvait pas comprendre que l'humeur sensuelle d'un homme est une saison brève, dont le retour incertain n'est jamais un recommencement."
Author: Colette
8. "Fue la época más cálida y febril de un verano cálido y febril. Los excrementos de tres millones de londinenses apestaban en las alcantarillas abiertas, incluida la mayor de nuestras alcantarillas (a pesar de que aquel año los ingenieros habían intentado inaugurar un elaborado sistema de alcantarillas subterráneas): el Támesis. Decenas de miles de londinenses dormían en sus porches o balcones, esperando la lluvia. Pero cuando cayó la lluvia fue como una ducha caliente, que se limitó a añadir una capa de humedad al calor. Julio se abatía sobre Londres aquel verano como una manta pesada y húmeda."
Author: Dan Simmons
9. "The late Mr. David Hume, in his posthumous works, places the powers of generation much above those of our boasted reason; and adds, that reason can only make a machine, as a clock or a ship, but the power of generation makes the maker of the machine; ... he concludes, that the world itself might have been generated, rather than created ; that is, it might have been gradually produced from very small beginnings, increasing by the activity of its inherent principles, rather than by a sudden evolution of the whole by the Almighty fiat."
Author: David Hume
10. "Nowhere can a secret keepAlways secret, dark and deep,Half so well as in the past,Buried deep to last, to last.Keep it in your own dark heart.Otherwise the rumors start.After many years have buriedSecrets over which you worried,No confidant can then betrayAll the words you didn't say.Only you can then exhumeSecrets safe within the tombOf memory, of memory,Within the tomb of memory.-The Book of Counted Sorrows"
Author: Dean Koontz
11. "Mon efficacité dans le combat concret et le corps à corps brutal apparaît ridicule en comparaison de celle d'Edo. Certes. Mais moi, je sais creuser des gouffres de peines chez l'être le plus insensible. Je parviens à faire naître le désir cruel, l'envie aliénante, la frustration implacable. J'obsède, j'énerve, je tends et j'agace. Je fascine, j'excite, je détruis et rends dément. Je suis le roi de l'artifice. Je fais exploser dans le ciel de ma victime des comètes hallucinatoires, des soleils délirants et des éclairs de folie avant de laisser tomber sur ses jours une nuit noire épaisse et dense, qui ne précède aucune aurore prometteuse. Et si je suis vraiment d'humeur fouillis-souillonne comme maintenant, je peux en tirer un plaisir indécent quasi onaniste. Que l'on se rassure : je ne vais pas casser le jouet de mes petits camarades. Juste m'amuser un peu avec..."
Author: Eli Esseriam
12. "Sa me teper te dine njerezit per njeri-tjetrin, aq me shume keqkuptohen. Dhe sa me shume qe njihen me shoqi-shoqin, aq me te huaj behen. Ja, merre si shembull familjen Haze: ata ia dine te gjitha njeri-tjetrit dhe nuk honepsen dot, a thua se jane te huaj dhe shkuar te huajve.Ajo vuri ne koke kapen e vogel dhe e provoi perpara pasqyres.- Keto qe po rrefen ti Robi, jane gjysme te verteta.- Te gjitha te vertetat kete te mete kane, - iu pergjigja une. - Me tej s'arrijne dot kurre. Prandaj jemi njerez. Si do t'i vinte halli me te vertetat e plota? S'do te jetonim dot!"
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
13. "Y tenía noventa años cuando mencionó, por última vez, con sus ojos humedecidos, al remoto Ernestito. Lo que prueba que los años, las desdichas, las desilusiones, lejos de facilitar el olvido, como se suele creer, tristemente lo refuerzan."
Author: Ernesto Sabato
14. "No salvation comes from exhumed gods; we must penetrate deeper into substance. If I take a fossil, say, a trilobite, in my hand (marvelously preserved specimens are found in the quarries at the foot of the Casbah), I am transfixed by the impact of mathematical harmony. Purpose and beauty, as fresh as on the first day, are still seamlessly united in a medal engraved by a master's hand. The bios must have discovered the secret of tripartition in this primordial crab. Tripartition then frequently recurs, even without any natural kinship; figures, in transversal symmetry, dwell in the triptych.How many millions of years ago might this creature have animated an ocean that no longer exists? I hold its impression, a seal of imperishable beauty, in my hand. Some day, this seal, too, will decay or else burn out in cosmic conflagrations of the future. The matrix that formed it remains concealed in and operative from the law, untouched by death or fire."
Author: Ernst Jünger
15. "Kata aku, Tuhan akan menunjukkankepada yang mencari. Ya, asal kau mahumencari, Dia menunjukkan.Apa kata kau ?"
Author: Faisal Tehrani
16. "St. Cyril of Jerusalem, in instructing catechumens, wrote: "The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon." No matter what form the dragon may take, it is of this mysterious passage past him, or into his jaws, that stories of any depth will always be concerned to tell, and this being the case, it requires considerable courage at any time, in any country, not to turn away from the storyteller."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
17. "Duhet te qendrojne larg njeri-tjetri si fatkeqet ashtu dhe te varferit, keshtu nuk do te rendoheshin nga njeri-tjetri. Ju shkaktova aq shume fatkeqesi, qe s'i kishit patur kurre me pare ne jeten modeste te vetmitarit. Kjo me brengos, ma derrmon shpirtin."
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
18. "It would be unjust toward children to introduce them to Christian teaching and existence only as little pagans and catechumens, in order to leave it up to them to choose the Faith on their own responsibility at a point in time difficult to determine."
Author: Hans Urs Von Balthasar
19. "Sunt delicta tamen, quibus ignovisse velumis.Nam neque chorda sonum reddit, quem vult manus et mens,Poscentique gravem persaepe remittit acutum;Nec semper feriet, quodcumque minabitur, arcus.Verum, ubi plura nitent in carmine, non ego paucisOffendar maculis, quas aut incuria fudit,Aut humana parum cavit natura. Quid ergo est?Ut scriptor si peccat idem librarius usque,Quamvis est monitus, venia caret, et citharoedusRidetur, chorda qui semper oberrat eadem.Ekzistojne dhe gabimet qe gjithsesi duhen falur; ngase as dora dhe mendja s'e jep perhere tingullin e deshiruar,dhe atij qe kerkon zerin e trashe, ia jep te hollin,e as harku s'e qellon perhere cakun e vendosur pezull.Vertete, kur ne poezine shkelqejne shume gjera, muas'me pengojne njollat e pakta; ato shfaqen nga pakujdesia o nga natyra njerezore. Prandaj cfare duhet bere?Kur si shkrimtari gabon edhe pershkruesidhe pas verejtjes se thene s'kerkon falje fare,ashtu dhe kitaristi do te perqeshet, kur te njejtit tel i bie gabimisht."
Author: Horace
20. "Hasadhaige gahehgga oagaatherikamuge meyva eh na alhaane, abadhume hasadha verikan"
Author: Irak.Ibrahim Hussain Didi
21. "Shakuvaage gahegga hin hama jehumuge meyva eh na alhaane , abadhume shakuvaa, shakuvaa"
Author: Irak.Ibrahim Hussain Didi
22. "Esteban abrió la puerta y necesitó algunos segundos para ver en la oscuridad. El olor a medicamentos y podredumbre le golpeó la cara un olor dulzón de sudor, humedad, encierro y algo que al principio no identificó, pero que pronto se le adhirió como una peste: el olor de la carne en descomposición."
Author: Isabel Allende
23. "E ke menduar se po te largohesh kaq shume nga jeta njerezore, nga ajo qe ti me perbuzje e quan "malli i jetes", mund te percudnohesh kaq shume, saqe, po te duash te kthehesh prape, ajo s'ka per te te pranuar me, ashtu sic eshte e papranueshme nje fantazme? Gjepura kishte thene Kramsi, fjaleri mikroborgjeze, kurse tjetri kishte vazhduar: nje hije, ja c'je ti Krams."
Author: Ismail Kadaré
24. "...Este hombre tenía un lenguaje corporal increíble, sólo al observarlo se podía percibir si era amoroso y tierno, o salvaje y apasionado. Él era así, podía despertar el amor y la ternura y al mismo tiempo la pasión y el deseo, pensar en lo último me excitaba mucho. Inconscientemente me saboreaba y humedecía mis labios con la lengua, este hombre despertó en mí un apetito insaciable que no sabía cómo controlar. Me encantaba observarlo cuando él no se daba cuenta y lo que ese bendito roce me provocaba, no lo podía describir."
Author: Itxa Bustillo
25. "When the injured humerus is accompanied by a serious rupture of the overlying soft tissue the injury is regarded as fatal."
Author: James Henry Breasted
26. "The great fact emerges that after that historic date all holographs so far exhumed initialled by Haromphrey bear the sigla H.C.E. and while he was only and long and always good Dook Umphrey for the hungerlean splapeens of Lucalizod and Chimbers to his cronies it was equally certainly a pleasant turn of the populace which gave him as sense of those normative letters the nickname Here Comes Everybody"
Author: James Joyce
27. "Portanto - disse a Srta. Tilney -, a senhorita crê que os historiadores não são felizes ao deixar sua imaginação voar. Eles demonstram possuí-la, mas não conseguem despertar o interesse. Eu gosto de História, e não me importo de aceitar o que é falso junto com o que é verdadeiro. Para descrever os fatos principais, eles buscam informações em registros e em outros livros que são tão confiáveis, creio eu, quanto qualquer coisa que não se passe diante de nossos próprios olhos. E quanto aos pequenos adornos aos quais se refere, são apenas adornos, e gosto deles como tal. Se um discurso for bem escrito, eu o lerei com prazer, não importa quem seja o autor. E leio com mais prazer ainda se tiverem sido produzidos pelo Sr. Hume e pelo Sr. Robertson do que se fossem as palavras genuínas de Caractacus, Júlio Agrícola ou ALfredo, o Grande."
Author: Jane Austen
28. "Il y a dans la lecture quelque chose qui relève de l'irrationnel. Avant d'avoir lu, on devine tout de suite si on va aimer ou pas. On hume, on flaire le livre, on se demande si ça vaut la peine de passer du temps en sa compagnie. C'est l'alchimie invisible des signes tracés sur une feuille qui s'impriment dans notre cerveau. Un livre, c'est un être vivant."
Author: Jean Michel Guenassia
29. "En la posada del fracaso,donde no hay consuelo ni ascensor,el desamparo y la humedadcomparten colchóny cuando, por la calle,pasa la vida, como un huracán,el hombre del traje grissaca un sucio calendario delbolsillo y grita¿Quién me ha robado el mes de abril?"
Author: Joaquín Sabina
30. "...the answer is not in the damn blank page - it's in the days or years before and you have to dredge it up - exhume the past again ..."
Author: John Geddes
31. "Kant's philosophy states that it is inherent in us. He agreed with Hume that we cannot know with certainty what the world is like "in itself." We can only know the what the world is like "for me" of for everybody."
Author: Jostein Gaarder
32. "Hume emphasized that the expectation of one thing following another does not lie in the things themselves, but in our mind. And expectation, as we have seen, is associated with habit. Going back to the child again, it would not have stared in amazement if when one billiard ball struck the other, both had remained perfectly motionless. When we speak of the 'laws of nature' or of 'cause and effect,' we are actually speaking of what we expect, rather than what is 'reasonable.' The laws of nature are neither reasonable nor unreasonable, they simply are. The expectation that the white billiard ball will move when it is struck by the black billiard ball is therefore not innate. We are not born with a set of expectations as to what the world is like or how things in the world behave. The world is like it is, and it's something we get to know"
Author: Jostein Gaarder
33. "What you did was to draw a conclusion from a descriptive sentence--That personwants to live too'--to what we call a normative sentence: 'Therefore you ought not to kill them.' From the point of view of reason this is nonsense. You might just as well say 'There are lots of people who cheat on their taxes, therefore I ought to cheat on my taxes too.' Hume said you can never draw conclusions from is sentences to ought sentences. Nevertheless it is exceedingly common, not least in newspaper articles, political party programs, and speeches."
Author: Jostein Gaarder
34. "No podemos probar con la razón como debemos actuar. Actuar responsablemente no equivale a agudizar la razón, sino a agudizar los sentimientos. Según Hume, no va en contra de la razón el preferir la destrucción del mundo entero a tener un rasguño en un dedo. (...)Nunca se absuelve a alguien por haber carecido de sentimientos."
Author: Jostein Gaarder
35. "As Hume expressed it. The mind is 'a kind of theater, where several perceptions successively make their appearance; pass, re-pass, slide away, and mingle in an infinite variety of postures and situations.' Hume pointed out that we have no underlying 'personal identity' beneath or behind these perceptions and feelings which come and go. It is just like the images on a movie screen. They change so rapidly we do not register that the film is made up of single pictures. In reality the pictures are not connected. The film is a collection of instants"
Author: Jostein Gaarder
36. "Well, you look weird. New pajamas? Did somebody exhume you last night?" -- Kiwi, Swamplandia!"
Author: Karen Russell
37. "Pompoziteti eshte shume i lodhshem."
Author: Khaled Hosseini
38. "Harry Reid is not funny; he's creepy. Nancy Pelosi is creepy. Charles Schumer is sneaky and creepy."
Author: Lewis Black
39. "David Hume, the great­est skep­tic of them all, once remarked that after a gath­er­ing of skep­tics met to pro­claim the verac­i­ty of skep­ti­cism as a phi­los­o­phy, all of the mem­bers of the gath­er­ing nonethe­less left by the door rather than the win­dow. I see Hume's point. It was all just talk. The solemn philoso­phers weren't tak­ing what they said seri­ous­ly."
Author: Philip K. Dick
40. "N'est-ce pas agréable de se promener à cette heure de la nuit ? J'aime humer les choses, regarder les choses, et il m'arrive de rester toute la nuit debout, à marcher, et de regarder le soleil se lever. (Clarisse McClellan)"
Author: Ray Bradbury
41. "So, what's the story?""No story. Just a nightmare.""Meaning?""Meaning, heavy compression lines in his cartilage, severe bruising on his kidneys, liver and lower intestines. Fracture marks on his collar bone, tibia, radius, humerus, scapular, femur and every single one of his ribs have been broken. Don't even get me started on the concussive damage to his skull and brain tissue. Twenty-three percent of this boys body is scared for life. And yet, every organ is functioning normally and his neurological activity is above average. He's eighteen years old and he weights about two bills but remove the scar tissue and he'd weigh about a buck-ten. All in all, I say he lived inside a hydraulic car press, went through the Napoleonic wars and was on board the Hindenburg when it went down in flame and yet he's okay...this boy just refuses to die."
Author: S.L.J. Shortt
42. "Whole idea of progress - that presence is based on the past, that future generations are going to improve our achievements, and that man will be always moving forward - obviously negate the idea of some absolute measure. Everything became relative, just like in Hume's subjectivism. Man's current criterion was left for future generations to improve it. After a while, people realized that this is philosophy of continuous change, continuous moving. Then, a soul became upset. It felt there is no peace, there is no safety."
Author: Seraphim Rose
43. "And I don't give a cow's dick what Hume said, science rules!"
Author: Sergio De La Pava
44. "Jeruk sebagai benda, lembu sebagai benda, bumi dan bintang sebagai benda, ya, "engkau" sebagai benda, tak ada buat saya. Yang ada cuma ide, pikiran, pengertian, gambaran dari jeruk, lembu, bumi, bintang dan engkau. "Engkau",kata hume, cuma "ide" buat saya. Dengan begitu Hume yang membatalkan benda dan mengaku ide saja, membatalkan adanya diri sendiri, mengakui, bahwa sebetulnya dia sendiri tak ada.(bab 2 filsafat - page 35)"
Author: Tan Malaka
45. "Some have argued that because the universe is like a clock, there must be a Clockmaker. As the eighteenth-century British empiricist David Hume pointed out, this is a slippery argument, because there is nothing that is really perfectly analogous to the universe as a whole, unless it's another universe, so we shouldn't try to pass off anything that is just a part of this universe. Why a clock anyhow? Hume asks. Why not say the universe is analogous to a kangaroo? After all, both are organically interconnected systems. But the kangaroo analogy would lead to a very different conclusion about the origin of the universe: namely, that it was born of another universe after that universe had sex with a third universe."
Author: Thomas Cathcart
46. "No tenían ya palabras. Las estrellas empezaban a brillar. ¿Cómo fue que sus labios se encontraron? ¿Cómo es que el pájaro canta, que la nieve se funde, que la rosa se abre? Un beso; eso fue todo. Los dos se estremecieron, y se miraron en la sombra con ojos brillantes. No sentían ni el frío de la noche, ni la frialdad de la piedra,ni la humedad de la tierra, ni la humedad de las hojas; se miraban y tenían el corazón lleno de pensamientos. Se habían cogido de las manos sin saberlo."
Author: Victor Hugo
47. "As a rule, theologians know nothing of this world, and far less of the next; but they have the power of stating the most absurd propositions with faces solemn as stupidity touched by fear.It is a part of their business to malign and vilify the Voltaires, Humes, Paines, Humboldts, Tyndalls, Haeckels, Darwins, Spencers, and Drapers, and to bow with uncovered heads before the murderers, adulterers, and persecutors of the world. They are, for the most part, engaged in poisoning the minds of the young, prejudicing children against science, teaching the astronomy and geology of the bible, and inducing all to desert the sublime standard of reason."
Author: Voltaires
48. "I've been pitching a show of five female stand-up comedians through the generations, from Phyllis Diller to Amy Schumer, so when I got an e-mail asking me if I would participate in the Women in Comedy Festival, I was thrilled."
Author: Wendy Liebman
49. "No real blood flows in the veins of the knowing subject constructed by Locke, Hume, and Kant, but rather the diluted extract of reason as a mere activity of thought."
Author: Wilhelm Dilthey
50. "However inadequate our ideas of causal efficacy may be, we are less wide of the mark when we say that our ideas and feelings have it, than the Automatists are when they say they haven't it. As in the night all cats are gray, so in the darkness of metaphysical criticism all causes are obscure. But one has no right to pull the pall over the psychic half of the subject only . . . whilst in the same breath one dogmatizes about material causation as if Hume, Kant, and Lotze had never been born."
Author: William James

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