Great Scottish quotes on philosophy

Great Scottish quotes on philosophy

Great Scottish quotes on philosophy

Scotland may be small in size, but it has been home to some of the world’s greatest minds – people who have helped influence global culture.

Here we celebrate seven great Scottish quotes on philosophy:

David Hume, Edinburgh, 1711 -1776: “Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.”

Adam Ferguson, Atholl, 1723-1816: “Love is an affection which carries the attention of the mind beyond itself, and is the sense of a relation to some fellow creature as to its object.”

Frances Wright, 1795, Dundee, 1795-1852: “Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.”

Margaret Oliphant, Wallyford 1828-97: “Life is no definite thing with a beginning and an end, a growth and a climax; but a basket of fragments, passages that lead to nothing, curious incidents which look of importance at first, but which crumble and break into pieces, dropping into ruins.”

Thomas Reid, Strachan, 1710 – 1976: “The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.”

Adam Smith, Kirkcaldy, 1723 – 1790: “Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality… for one very rich man, there must be at least five hundred poor.”

Thomas Carlyle, Ecclefechan 1795- 1881: “A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.”

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