All popular theology has a kind of appetite for absurdity and contradiction...while their gloomy apprehensions make them ascribe to Him measures of conduct which in human creatures would be blamed, they must still affect to praise and admire that conduct in the object of their devotional addresses. Thus it may safely be affirmed that popular religions are really, in the conception of their more vulgar votaries, a species of daemonism. - David Hume, The Natural History of Religion
"Money is not, properly speaking, one of the subjects of commerce; but only the instrument which men have agreed upon to facilitate the exchange of one commodity for another. It is none of the wheels of trade: It is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy."
Of Money by David Hume(1752)
"Every thing in the world is purchased by labour" - this is from the essay "Of Commerce". A section is needed for the "Political Discourses", or else the essays should all be put together, but numbered according to the standard Miller edition.
Jewish minx quote?
I've been trying to locate a source for the quote attributed to Hume by Hitchens: "which is more likely, that the whole natural order is suspended or that a Jewish minx should tell a lie?" (said in his debate with Sharpton) I haven't had any luck so far, but I thought I'd drop the request here, so there's at least a record of it. JesseW (talk) 05:42, 24 January 2013 (UTC)