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AUTHOR: David Hume (1711–76)
QUOTATION: The great end of all human industry, is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modelled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object, of his being.
ATTRIBUTION: DAVID HUME, “The Stoic,” Essays, Moral, Political and Literary, part 1, essay 16, in The Philosophical Works of David Hume, vol. 3, p. 167 (1826).
SUBJECTS: Happiness