Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty. One person may even perceive deformity, where another is sensible of beauty; and every individual ought to acquiesce in his own sentiment, without pretending to regulate those of others.
- David Hume (1711-1776)
Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and skepticism. In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, he has been regarded by some as one of the greatest philosophers writing in the English language
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