Hume, David: “Of the Study of History”

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue. (鼓励女性以历史为职业。学习历史有三大收获:娱乐、知识、美德。)

Love is not the only passion which governs the male world, but is often overcome by avarice, ambition, vanity, and a thousand of other passions. (男人的世界里,不是只有爱情。)

A man acquainted with history may, in some respects, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century. (学历史的人,从古活到今)

和现实与哲学相比,历史是中庸的。

(GGB, Vol. 7, pp. 89-92)

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