A Treatise of Human Nature - Impressions and Ideas - David Hume

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All the perceptions of the human mind resolve themselves into two distinct kinds, which I shall call impressions and ideas. The difference between these consists in the degrees of force and liveliness, with which they strike upon the mind, and make their way into our thought or consciousness. Those perceptions which enter with most force and violence we may name impressions; by ideas I mean the faint images of these in thinking and reasoning.

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