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- Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best Ends by the best Means.
- An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725), Treatise I, Sect. V
- Whence this secret Chain between each Person and Mankind? How is my Interest connected with the most distant Parts of it?
- An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725), Treatise II: An Inquiry concerning Moral Good and Evil, Sect. I
- That Action is best, which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions Misery.
- An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) Treatise II, Section 3
- Men have been Laughed out of Faults which a Sermon could not reform.
- The Dublin Weekly Journal, No. 12 (June 19, 1725)
- All our Ideas, or the materials of our reasoning or judging, are received by some immediate Powers of Perception internal or external, which we may call Senses … Reasoning or Intellect seems to raise no new Species of Ideas, but to discover or discern the Relations of those received.
- An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections (1728), Treatise II: Illustrations upon the Moral Sense, Sect. I
- Whoever voluntarily undertakes the necessary office of rearing and educating, obtains the parental power without generation.
- A System Of Moral Philosophy (1755), Book II, Ch. II
- The ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency, he has a right thus to act.
- A System of Moral Philosophy (1755) Book II, Ch. III
- Brief biography at the History of Economic Thought website