David HumeDavid Hume, (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher, historian and economist

David Hume Quote

“Everything in the world is purchased by labor.”

David HumeDavid Hume
~ David Hume


Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

From Hume's point of perspective and reference, yes  accurate. Even mass poverty is purchased and expanded by the endeavors (labor) of despots.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

In the absence of Virtue, even labor, which was ordained to be inherently honorable, can be rendered ignoble or, at best, a duel edged sword.

Intention, purpose and Values make the defining difference.

E Archer, NYC

Labor is the exercise of Life.  That inherent power is a gift, prized above all - it is the source of 'value' and 'worth' in the material world.  All value is determined by the effort and the labor required.  But what is the Life of a man/woman worth?  Is the apple in the tree worth the effort to harvest it?  Unless the fruit drops from the tree into my hands, labor will be required.  Systems have been put in place to attempt to 'cheat' these natural laws, but all they have done is put a lien upon the labors of the People perpetually, indebted forever.  The command of labor is the goal of all would-be rulers.

Ronw13, Yachats OR

The salvation that Liberty and Freedom provides, is not purchased by the labor of man, but defended. From Hume's perspective as a secular humanist naturalist, he is constrained by a carnal mind. Narrow in scope siding only with that that can be seen. On the surface, the quote seems proper, yet Hume implies a deeper meaning. 

Denise, Durango

Except, of course, if you're a politician. Then it is taken from the laborer under the guise of a loosely defined  "infrastructure", as though it's the right of the "know better" politician to do so.

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